The 1in5 Anti-stigma Campaign focuses on normalizing the need for mental health resources and removing barriers for those who want to access care. Starting the conversation regarding these significant yet treatable issues also opens the door to providing support.

As we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month this May, we provide relevant information on various mental health topics each week. This week’s topic is stress. Explore the causes and potential signs of stress for a better understanding of how to manage it.

Understanding stress
Everyone experiences some level of stress occasionally.  While some stress can be expected, ignoring it for too long may negatively affect your mental and physical health. High levels of stress can directly impact everything from your immune system to your muscular health. Additionally, prolonged stress can become chronic and increase your risk for anxiety and depression. Understanding how stress affects you can help you more easily identify and manage symptoms. A few common causes of stress include:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Difficulties at work or school
  • Illness or injury
  • Moving
  • Traumatic events (natural disaster, theft, sexual violence, etc.)
  • Financial concerns

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 70% of Americans say they experience physical and emotional side effects from stress. Some common symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Mood swings
  • Sadness or depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Over or under-eating
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Skin irritation such as rashes or hives
  • Weight loss or gain

Everyone experiences stress differently, and preventing it starts with small changes. As with most mental health concerns, working with a professional is best and can provide support and guidance to build your emotional resiliency.

Help is available
As always, your SupportLinc EAP is available 24/7/365 to provide advocacy and resources to support various mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress, work-related pressures, relationship issues and substance use. To contact SupportLinc, you can call them at 1-888-881-LINC (5462), email them at, or visit their website at and use the group code psh.

Source – SupportLinc EAP