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UK celebrates National Stress Awareness Day
Thursday, 05 November 2009
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Yesterday (November 4th) marked the 11th annual National Stress Awareness Day, with those suffering from work-related stress given advice on how to cope.
With recruitment and unemployment hitting headlines this year, some workers may find they are placing themselves under strain.
The International Stress Management Association (ISMA), which organised National Stress Awareness Day, aims to highlight the coping strategies that can be used.
Chairperson Ann McCracken said: "Stress, depression and anxiety accounts for over 13.5 million workdays being lost each year, making it the single biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK.
She added that the ISMA campaign was aimed at increasing awareness, both about the treatments available and the effects of stress.
As part of National Stress Awareness Day, the organisation offered free drop-in advice sessions to help workers cope.
One cause of stress could be fears over a lack of job security, which could be stoked by news such as HSBC's decision to cut 1,700 jobs recently.