International Stress Awareness Day

November 5, 2018 3:57 pm Published by

International Stress Awareness Week takes place from Monday 5th – Friday 9th November and is organised by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA)

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the effects of psychological distress in the workplace, highlight coping strategies and sources of help available to address it.

Many factors can cause us to feel stressed or anxious, whether at home or at work.  The workplace is often the contributing factor as this is where we spend most of our time.

Let’s talk about mental health at work 

It is important that employers learn how to address and support employees who are experiencing anxiety and mental health difficulties. By creating work environments where employers and employees feels valued and supported, this can lead to higher levels of mental wellbeing and productivity.  Line managers play a vital role as the first official contact between an employer and individual in supporting staff that experience anxiety and/or mental health problems.

At the Foundation we can support employers and staff to start positive conversations around stress in the workplace.  We provide mental health awareness workshops for businesses to provide skills they need in order to learn active listening skills, empathise and support employees, to increase knowledge and insight into how to identify, understand and help individuals who may be developing mental health issues, such as anxiety.

Here are signs to look out for in a work employee or colleague if they’re struggling with stress.

 

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