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March 28th, 2014

Butterflies in the stomach? Let’s talk about anxiety

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Equality and Diversity

March 28th, 2014

Butterflies in the stomach? Let’s talk about anxiety

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Anxiety, according to the Mental Health Foundation, is one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world. Anxiety is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (12-18 May 2014). To find out more and get involved, read on.

© Flickr user Marianna Zanatta
© Flickr user Marianna Zanatta

Most of us have, at some point, felt ‘jelly legs’, ‘butterflies in the stomach’, tingling in hands and feet, dry mouth or shaking just before that big public speaking event or submission of the overdue project report. These are common signs of ‘anxiety’. Some people live with more anxiety than others but it is nevertheless something we can all claim to have experienced. 8.2 million people in the UK were diagnosed with anxiety in 2010. But how many of us have talked about it, especially as a persistent health issue?

The Mental Health Foundation has declared ‘anxiety’ as the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from 12 to 18 May 2014. The Mental Health Foundation says anxiety is one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world.

The Mental Health Foundation is also curating the Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 – “Anxiety 2014 is a new London wide arts festival exploring the spaces between the concepts of anxiety and the ways they are lived, perceived and represented by artists, individuals and communities. The festival runs throughout June 2014 spanning venues and spaces across the city, from grass-roots community centres to London’s leading cultural and academic organisations.”

  • LSE is a signatory of the Time to Change pledge which demonstrates the School’s commitment to challenging mental health discrimination and stigma.
  • LSE staff and students can access free and confidential counselling (for students; for staff).
  • For more information and resources on anxiety and panic attacks, please see Mind website.
  • If you have any queries, you can write to us – Equality.and.Diversity@lse.ac.uk.

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