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Monday 5th - Friday 9th November 2018

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International Stress Awareness Week



Remember the Highlights of Stress Awareness Day 2017...?

Speaking Up and Speaking Out

The ISMA Stress Survey found that 94% of people experience work-related stress but only 32% feel they can speak to their manager about it. Download the Stress Survey Report here.

Mental fitness - and fun!

INSAD Stress Fair, first event of its kind, with hands-on stress therapy and role-playing, co-hosted by Virgin Active and ISMA at the prestige Virgin Active Health Club in the city. Professional stress consultations, massage, exercises and displays related to health and wellbeing.

Going Online

Another first! Interviews with stress experts from all over the world, meeting at the INSAD Online Stress Summit. No fewer than 13 interviews on key topics for you to listen to, whenever you like. Listen here.

Live Chatline with Stress Experts

A listening ear for anyone with stress problems. The first INSAD Online Chatbot, manned through the day by official ISMA Stress Advisors, giving professional tips and guidance about where to go for help.

... and Live Events Around the World

Presentations were delivered around the UK and overseas by ISMA's Presenters. Webinars, corporate wellness days, health centre discussions and one-2-one consultations by ISMA members in Belgium, Italy, Gibraltar, Nigeria the USA and other countries.

Now hear what Carole has to say about International Stress Awareness Week 2018!

Message from Carole Spiers, ISMAUK Chair, Founder National Stress Awareness Day 

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"Stress Awareness Day 2017 was one of our most successful yet, with a number of new events, both live and online, all helping to spread our message ‘Speak up and speak out about stress’. Stress Awareness Day went international for the first time and I was very excited that countries from around the world took part, really putting the ‘I’ into ISMA. I'm delighted, as founder of National Stress Awareness Day back in 1998, that the campaign has grown to where it is today. 

As ISMA celebrates Stress Awareness Day's 20th anniversary, we’re going to devote the whole week 5th – 9th November to reducing the taboo associated with stress and mental health, with the following activities to date:

  • Monday 5th November:           Stress Fair: Virgin Active Health Club, London, EC2.  From 5-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7th November:     All day Global on-line stress summit.  Sign up here.
  • Wednesday 7th November:     All day national stress helpline.  
  • Friday 9th November:              One day annual Conference, Royal Over-seas League, St James's, London, SW1.  Book here.

We will update our list of events throughout the UK and around the world as they come in and post them on the site so you can see what is going on and where.

Our theme for 2018, Does Hi-Tech Cause Hi-Stress?, will look at two sides of technology: on the one hand, the stressful effects of the 24/7 lifestyle that technology has brought, and on the other, the positive contribution that technology can make, helping us manage our lives better. There is no doubt that technology impacts on all our lives, and it is appropriate that ISMA is involved in a debate about the positive and the adverse effects it can have, and how we can use technology to our advantage.   

Ending the stigma associated with stress and mental health is an organisational imperative and ISMA [UK]'s focus for 2018 will continue to be to ensure that these issues remain high on the national agenda together with the promotion of wellbeing in the workplace. 

If you're planning an event...

Make use of ISMA's resources to lend weight to your presentation.

  • Useful tips, questionnaires, fact-sheets and other stress reduction materials, downloaded free.  Check for regular updates here.
  • Stress-test cards - a favourite ice-breaker with all groups.  And much more too, from the ISMA shop 
  • Download and print posters to display before and during International Stress Awareness Week 
  • Buy our Stress Awareness Week Training pack - including PowerPoint, delegate and presenter workbook. Ideal if you are running your own workshop / presentation.
  • Download our Guide - 'What's on during International Stress Awareness Week'.  See what you can do for your own organisation

Come on Board for 2018 - National Stress Awareness Day's 20th Anniversary Year!  Tell us what you are doing so that we can add you to our list of events.

Get involved in the campaign for 2018 now! Just send me an email if you would like to join us, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remember to SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT ABOUT STRESS and use our hashtag #nsad.

Let's make 2018 the best year yet."

Carole Spiers FISMA, FPSA, MIHPE, Founder, National Stress Awareness Day, Chair ISMAUK.

PS  If you're interested in reading the history of Stress Awareness Day, click below to read it.  

'National Stress Awareness Day Through the Lens of the Founder'. 

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Anyone Can Get Involved in International Stress Awareness Week      5 - 9th November

Our theme is: Does High-tech Cause Hi-Stress?

If you're new to ISMA, International Stress Awareness Day is our flagship annual event, so why not get involved?

International Stress Awareness Week enables major goals to be achieved, including raising profile, achieving publicity about stress and stress prevention, and promoting the importance of wellbeing for individuals and organisations.

It also provides an opportunity for ISMA members to showcase their skills and start dialogues with businesses and individuals in their local area, delivering workshops and presentations in the UK and around the world.

Whether you're new to ISMA or you're already a member, contact Carole Spiers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you can become involved and bring International Stress Awareness Week to your country or region.

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Could You Become an Official Sponsor for International Stress Awareness Week?

We are seeking sponsors for activities through the whole week 5th- 9th November.  As a major event, International Stress Awareness Week always attracts substantial exposure on national TV, radio and social media platforms. It encourages hundreds of companies to join in, putting employee wellbeing firmly on their agendas. There are three levels of sponsorship -  

There are three different levels of sponsorship:  

  • GOLD:      Official Partner;
  • SILVER:    Sponsorship Partner 
  • BRONZE:  Sponsorship Friend

If your company or organisation would like to sponsor International Stress Awareness Week, taking advantage of a great opportunity to promote your business as well as supporting a national campaign to combat stress, then please:

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Press and Media Inquiries

Please contact Carole Spiers, Founder National Stress Awareness Day and Chair ISMAUKat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on + 44 (0) 77 688 78910 and she will respond immediately.

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