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ADVICE is being given on how to deal with anxiety.

It comes as Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close tomorrow.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is giving information and advice about anxiety, one of the most common mental health problems.

A spokesman said: ‘Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their lives, whether preparing for an exam or caring for a loved one.

‘However, persistent and excessive anxiety can cause more serious mental health problems: affecting concentration, damaging relationships, and even stopping people leaving the house.

‘That’s why it’s vital for us all to be anxiety-aware as well as learning some simple strategies to help us cope.

‘Anxiety is a type of fear associated with a perceived threat or something going wrong in the future, but it can also spring from something happening right now. Unlike fear, which is a response to an immediate and specific danger, anxiety is an ongoing sense of worry without a specific cause.’

The trust runs italk, which is a service in Hampshire that helps people with talking therapies, which are proven to help reduce anxiety.

To find out more, speak to your GP about italk, or call them on (023) 8038 3920.