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International Stress Awareness Week was created in 2018 to raise awareness about stress prevention, following the establishment of Stress Awareness Day in 1998.

International Stress Awareness Week has developed as a major annual event focusing on stress management. Subjects this year’s event will address include –

  • Experiences people have with mental health challenges and what can be done to help them
  • How employers are responding to mental health issues and what can be learnt
  • Campaigning against the stigma associated with stress and mental health issues
  • The role of stress management professionals in alleviating stress, with practical and proven techniques for building resilience
  • What further actions need to be taken in the light of the pandemic and possible changes in future working practices
  • Ensuring that those suffering from stress know where to go to seek advice

International Stress Awareness Week also provides opportunities for ISMA members to showcase their skills and engage in dialogue with businesses and individuals in their local areas. ISMA professionals will be delivering online workshops and presentations in the UK and in other countries around the world.

Strong Media Interest

International Stress Awareness Week 2019 attracted considerable interest in the media. Interviews with ISMA’s Chair, Carole Spiers, were broadcast on Sky NewsBBC News and BBC London Live, and there was coverage on BBC Radio throughout the country. The new Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit is also likely to attract significant publicity on high-profile media channels such as Sky News, BBC News, BBC London Live, The IndependentThe Telegraph and the Evening Standard, and via online news sites, blogs, forums and websites.

Top Rated on Social Media

On social media International Stress Awareness Week trends worldwide and in 2019 received over 2 million impressions across the UK and several other countries.

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