13.01.2006

Stress and Wellbeing

A Developing Patient Partnerships (DPP) dealing With Stress campaign has been
launched in Great Britain to help people better deal with stress in their lives
and avoid the effects of depression and anxiety which accompany it. A report
has been published by the charity, informing on the findings of an survey
during December 2005, it makes interesting reading for employers, revealing
that:

  • confusion exists about what stress is - 68% think it is simply having a 'bad
    day';
  • 57% as having too much to do; 64% wrongly believe that stress itself is an
    illness;
  • 41% feel work helps them deal with their stress;
  • 63% of people would not consider taking time off if they were stressed;
  • stigma in the workplace means 25% of people say they would be unlikely to
    admit to being stressed and take time off because of worry about what their
    managers would think;
  • only 23% of people would speak to their manager and only 15% would speak to
    their occupational health department.

Stress is the buzzword of the 21st Century and new findings in this report,
provide a stark insight into how stressed we all feel, how stress is
misunderstood by the UK population and our failure to adopt effective coping
mechanisms.

It also includes top tips for tackling stress at home and at work and shows
what employers can do to support their staff in dealing with stress. The fact
that 'new technology' is top of people's list as one of the major stressors of
the last year is a real sign of our times and given that nearly a third of
people (30%) would turn to alcohol to help relieve their stress we may be
looking at a mental health time-bomb.

Many people are unsure about what true stress is and confuse it with normal
life problems like having a bad day, common worries and conflicts. Such
misunderstanding means that stress is often not taken as seriously as it should
be, and attempts to reduce the problem are impeded by the stigma often
associated with mental ill health.

Further info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive