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Stress & Anxiety

What is Stress?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them”. Pressure is part of life and act as a motivator. However, stress can be caused due to prolonged periods of excessive pressure. If stress is excessive or goes on for some time, it can lead to mental and physical ill health.

Factors at home or work can cause stress and how people cope with pressure will be strongly influenced by a variety of factors, including support available from the workplace, friends, family, and personal coping mechanisms.

Employers who promote positive mental wellbeing in the workplace significantly support their workforce. Work-related stress, depression or anxiety continues to represent a significant ill health condition in the workforce of Great Britain. In 2017/18 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 57% of all working days lost due to ill health.

Ref: Labour Force Survey (2018)

Anxiety and Stress Support


How to manage stress at work

Our guide, 'How to manage stress' is for anyone who wants to know how to deal with stress and how to learn to relax. It explains when and how stress can be bad for you, and provides helpful strategies for dealing with it and where to go for further help. The link to the website can be found here


10 Stress Busters

A series of useful tips to help you identify stress and how you can develop ways to deal with negative thoughts and feelings. The page includes information to help you manage a stressful situation, plus access to therapies and counselling. Click here for more information.