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Today is National Stress Awareness Day

November 5, 2015
Public Health

office stressPromoted by the International Stress Management Association, today is the 17th National Stress Awareness Day, aimed at raising the profile of stress in all areas of life. This year’s theme is employee wellbeing, and statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show there were 440,000 reported cases of work-related stress, depression and anxiety last year, accounting for 35% of all work-related ill health.

There were 234,000 new cases during 2014/15 and an estimated 9.9 million working days were lost due to stress-related conditions. Statistics suggest that stress is more prevalent in public services such as education, health, social care and public administration.

Chris Clarke, a spokesperson for ISMA, said, “National Stress Awareness Day is a day for recognising the insidious effect of stress on every aspect of our lives. Whether in the workplace or in our personal lives, stress reduces our effectiveness, our ability to respond and react and undermines our self-belief and confidence. This results in lower performance, loss of resilience and reduced sense of wellbeing and confidence. Recognising how stress affects each one of us personally has a major benefit in improving our health and effectiveness.”

A recent study on work-related stress by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work estimated that stress is second only to musculoskeletal disorders in terms of work-related ill health.

Over a nine-year period, nearly 28% of European workers reported exposure to psychosocial risks that affected their mental wellbeing.

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