Luckily, we have expert in his field Julian Hall to refer to with this frequently asked question. It can be really tricky to determine the differences and links between Poor Mental Health and Stress – so how do we do this?

In this Episode – Julian clearly highlights the differences and similarities between the two!

Want to watch our series from the beginning? Don’t worry – you can access that right here and come back to this episode when you are ready!

Estimated Watch Time: 2 Minutes

No time right now? Well, you can either pop back here later on – or scroll down to see the main points of episode three below!

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Episode Three: Stress and Mental Health

If you already have poor mental health, then you are likely to find it more difficult to deal with stress. It isn’t due to the mental health issue itself, but instead it is because of the amounting issues a person may be juggling all at once. For instance: lack of sleep, and poor mental health etc. This can mount up and feel overwhelming.

Likewise, if someone has good mental health but allows stress to build up while making poor health choices and not taking care of themselves – they will be more susceptible to what is known as ‘burnout’.

Burnout can result in anxiety, physical illnesses, depression and so on. In Julian’s opinion, a lot of people are likely to suffer poor mental health due to stress-related issues. It is only if they are continually ignored that these can spiral out of control.

Julian believes that stress can often be confused with poor mental health as a lot of the factors which impact our mental state are within our control. If positive changes are made, then we are likely to find a balance. This means that our mental health actually isn’t the problem: it is stress management.

Thanks for watching and reading our blog. We hope you found Julian’s advice helpful. If you did, please feel free to share this to any of your colleagues or loved ones who you think it will benefit! Did you know, we also offer Mental Health First Aid Courses? If you are interested in finding out more, please click here!


Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica is the Brand and Communications Officer nationally for SkillBase First Aid. She loves sharing stories about how SkillBase First Aid turns people in 'Standby-Superheroes'.

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