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International Stress Awareness Week

The highlight of International Stress Awareness Week 2020 was the new Global Stress & Wellbeing Summit, with a week of broadcasts, webinars, panel discussions, keynote presentations, networking and much, much more.

Over 60 speakers and experts from around the world took part in this trail-blazing event.


International Stress Awareness Week 
1st-5th November 2021

Raising Awareness of Stress Around the World for over 22 Years

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.

Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit is 2020 Highlight

The highlight of International Stress Awareness Week 2020 was the first-ever Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit*, hosted by ISMAUK through the week of 2nd-6th November.

The Summit was a dynamic hub for the latest thinking and guidance on stress management, mental health and employee wellbeing. A prestigious line-up of experts informed and advised on every aspect of these vital subjects, combined with all the benefits of interactive debate, in front of a vastly expanded international audience.

Five whole days of news and opinion from specialists and sector professionals was streamed continuously, with a different theme each day.

The Summit will be back for two days, 3rd and 4th November, during International Stress Awareness Week 2021 so watch this space for more details!

Strong Media Interest

As in 2019, International Stress Awareness Week 2020, National Stress Awareness Day and the new 5-day Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit attracted considerable interest in the media, with features in national newspapers and coverage on online news sites, in specialist forums, in professional groups and newsletters, both in the UK and elsewhere. If you would like to find out about the range of media coverage in more detail contact

Top Rated on Social Media

On social media International Stress Awareness Week always trends worldwide, and this year’s hashtags, for Stress Awareness Day itself #stressawarenessday2020 and for the Summit #stresssummit2020, were high-profile on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Activity built up as the week approached, continuing throughout and well into November.

If you would like to know more about the great coverage on social media please contact       


Press & Media Enquiries

Please contact Carole Spiers, Chair of ISMAUK and Founder of International Stress Awareness Week at or on + 44 (0) 77 688 78910 and she will respond immediately.

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Anyone Can Get Involved in International Stress Awareness Week

International Stress Awareness Week is our flagship event so why not get involved? As a major annual occasion on the international stage, it enables major goals to be achieved. These include raising the profile of stress awareness, heightened publicity relating to stress and stress prevention, and promoting the importance of wellbeing for individuals and organisations.

Whether you’re new to ISMA or already a member, contact Carole Spiers, Founder, International Stress Awareness Week and ISMAUK Chair, to find out how you can become involved and bring International Stress Awareness Week to your region or your country. Please email for information.

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