Mental Health and the Political Climate
With the current political climate in England being somewhat chaotic and very divisive, I want to take a moment to discuss the importance of environment on mental health and how unstable environments can have an effect on our mental health.
There are many reasons why Brexit, regardless of your views on leaving or remaining, can be daunting:
- the personal, economic and political consequences
- residential and monetary uncertainty for the 3.2 million EU citizens working in the UK and the 1.2 million UK citizens working in Europe
- the rights and status of EU nationals
- how Brexit will affect the future of businesses in the UK
- stress caused by how badly the negotiations have gone thus far
- the ripple effect caused by less EU citizens working for the NHS and mental health services
- the UK being so divided and causing rifts between friends and families
I am sure that there will be other reasons that will be causing upset amongst people that I will not even have thought of.
Brexit has triggered a variety of different emotions from the population of the UK, with 40% of adults claiming that Brexit had made them feel powerless, angry or worried, 26% of adults said that they had no feelings about the subject and 14% said that Brexit made them feel hopeful, happy or confident.
Some of the emotions expressed, anger and feelings of powerlessness for example, can lead to a higher risk of mental health problems. It is for this reason that it is so important to look after your mental health and indulge in some self-care.
If the situation is causing you to feel overwhelmed, please do not bottle it up, support and help is out there, you can talk to someone. If you have a friend or family member you feel you can talk to, you can speak to a counsellor. If you have concerns about your long-term status at work, please speak to a member of HR for support and advice.
There seems to be new news and information regarding the situation with Brexit everyday, if this is making you anxious, perhaps it is time to consider reducing your daily news intake and focusing more on yourself and doing the things you love.
Remember, that you are not alone, there are other people out there who are going through the same emotions as you.
The Mental Health Foundation
The Week UK