This month we celebrated all that is great with love, but what about those who are experiencing a relationship breakdown?
Happy and healthy relationships can have a positive effect on our mental health and emotional wellbeing, and when things go wrong, it can have a huge impact on our stress levels.
When a relationship breaks down, there are lots of things to consider, such as finances, separation or divorce proceedings, moving house and custody of any children from the relationship.
These are in addition to the pain, anger and anxiety people may feel during this difficult time.
The stress of dealing with change, adjusting to new circumstances and worrying about what will happen in the future can cause a strain on your mental wellbeing.
There is also the possibility that people may worry about being alone or fear what people will think of them.
What can people do?
Cllr Jane Evison, portfolio holder for transforming lifestyles at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is encouraging people to allow time for themselves.
She said: “Talking to someone can help, whether it is a family member, friend or a stranger who is going through something similar.
“Just getting it off your chest can help can make the load seem lighter and it may be that you can work it out with your partner if you open up to them about how you’re feeling.”
For people suffering from stress, anxiety or any other mental health issues, there are a number of sessions and services available in the East Riding that can be of use.
Distracting yourself with new projects, activities and social events can help to alleviate the stress and give you a place to go to briefly forget about what’s bothering you.
These can include social groups such as Fitmums and Friends, Men in Sheds, arts and crafts activities and reading sessions, or sport and leisure-based activities such as badminton, yoga, swimming, cycling and walking sports such as netball, football and cricket.
For more information about mental health, visit www.mind.org.uk or visit www.eastriding.gov.uk for information about local sessions and activities in your area.