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International Stress Awareness Week 7-11 November

Our theme for International Stress Awareness Week is Collaboration. International Stress Awareness Week was created in 2018 to raise awareness about stress prevention. It attracts media attention worldwide. The highlight is ISMAUK's Online Global Stress & Wellbeing Summit, opening on International Stress Awareness Day 9th November. World-class speakers will take part in panels, keynotes, and more.


International Stress Awareness Week 
7-11 November

Raising Awareness of Stress Around the World for Over 24 Years

Our theme for International Stress Awareness Week is Collaboration. ISMAUK extends a warm invitation to anyone who believes in the power of collaboration to alleviate stress management and mental health issues in our society to join us in making International Stress Awareness Week a high-impact event that delivers on its mission.

International Stress Awareness Week has developed as a major annual event focusing on stress management and campaigning against the stigma associated with stress and mental health issues. It was created in 2018 to raise awareness about stress prevention. The highlight of the week is Stress Awareness Day, established 24 years ago in 1998.


Our theme for this year is Collaboration, and ISMA members in the UK and internationally will be engaging in dialogue with businesses and individuals in their local areas, as well as delivering online or offline workshops and presentations, so that our key messages about raising awareness and reducing the stigma around stress and mental health can be heard in communities locally, regionally and globally. We invite you to take part in the conversation and share your thoughts on -

  • How we can all help people who have mental health challenges
  • How employers are responding to mental health issues
  • How stress management professionals can help to alleviate stress
  • How workplace changes such as hybrid working are affecting wellbeing
  • How those suffering with stress and mental health issues can access advice and support

Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit

ISMAUK's Online Global Stress & Wellbeing Summit is the highlight of International Stress Awareness Week, a dynamic hub for the latest thinking and guidance on stress management, mental health and employee wellbeing. This year’s Summit will be held on Wednesday 9 November and information about the speakers and programme will be announced over the next few months.

At the 2021 Summit, a prestigious line-up of experts spoke in keynotes, panel discussions, expert sessions and more. The 2021 Summit Programme and Speakers can be accessed here.


Strong Media Interest

International Stress Awareness Week, International Stress Awareness Day and the Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit always attract considerable media interest, including 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 know more about media opportunities, please contact


Top Rated on Social Media

International Stress Awareness Week trends worldwide on social media. Activity is high-profile on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, building up as the week approaches and continuing well into November.

The 2021 hashtags were:


Please use them as often as you can! If you would like to help us promote International Stress Awareness Week within your network or want to know more about social media opportunities 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.

If this is your first visit to ISMA’s website, then welcome. Please consider joining our community and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

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