New website launched for emotional stress

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A DEDICATED section for advice on emotional issues has been created on an NHS website, after people seeking advice on low mood and anxiety has doubled.

In the past year, visits to the NHS Choices’ emotional health pages have doubled from around 350,000 to over 700,000, nationally.

In response, the NHS has launched Moodzone, a new section of the site dedicated to promoting emotional wellbeing and tackle issues such as stress, anger and the winter blues.

Moodzone will offer a range of how-to guides offering tips and advice, an online self-assessment tool which provides tailored suggestions for support and real-life stories to help people feel they’re not on their own.

Mandy Williams, head of programme for NHS Choices, said: ‘Moodzone seeks to help people who haven’t been clinically diagnosed, address their emotional issues and start taking action to improve their outlook and, ultimately, their lives.

‘However, if someone’s emotional outlook is starting to obstruct their everyday life they should visit their GP.’