Stress: Are we coping?

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This report covers:

  • What is stress?
  • How many people feel stressed?
  • How does stress affect us physically?
  • How does stress affect us psychologically?
  • What makes us stressed?
  • Distribution of stress across the population
  • How can stress be addressed and managed?

Our recommendations for a less stressed nation

  1. Health and social care professionals should assess and address the psychological and other stressors experienced by people living with long-term physical health conditions
  2. People presenting to a 'first point of contact' service in distress should receive a compassionate and trauma-informed response, regardless of where they live in the country
  3. Government and the Health & Safety Executive must ensure that employers treat physical and psychological hazards in the workplace equally and help employers recognise and address psychological hazards in the workplace under existing legislation
  4. Governments across the UK should introduce a minimum of two mental health days for every public sector worker
  5. Mental health literacy should be a core competency in teacher training. This should be combined with rolling out mental health literacy support for pupils in schools across the UK to embed a 'whole-school approach' to mental health and wellbeing
  6. The government should conduct an impact assessment of welfare reform and austerity programmes on mental health
  7. More research is needed on the prevalence of stress in the population and on how the experience of stress can be reduced at the community and societal level

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A-Z Topic: Stress

Stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure.

Statistics: Stress

Stress can lead to people feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope, depressed and anxious.

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