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International Stress Awareness Week

Join us online for a Global Stress & Wellbeing Summit:  a week of broadcasts, webinars, panel discussions, keynote presentations, networking and much, much more.

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International Stress Awareness Week 
2nd- 6th November 2020

Managing Stress and Mental Health Issues in the Age of Covid-19

Stress and mental health problems have never been more important than now, and the challenges they present never more acute than in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

These new challenges are of major concern for organisations as well as individuals, in the light of growing evidence of their effects in the age of the pandemic. International Stress Awareness Week 2020 will provide a platform for stress and mental health problems to be highlighted and for insights from around the world to be illuminated.

Almost one in five adults (19.2%) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in June 2020; this had almost doubled from around 1 in 10 (9.7%) before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020). Feeling stressed or anxious was the most common way adults experiencing some form of depression felt their well-being was being affected, with 84.9% stating this.Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain. Office for National Statistics,  June 2020

ISMA’s focus is to continue ensuring that these issues receive maximum attention, with the active promotion of wellbeing in the workplace. Carole Spiers, Chair, says, ‘Particularly in challenging times, ISMA’s aim is to keep stress, mental health and wellbeing high on the international agenda’.

New Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit

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

The Summit will form a dynamic hub for the latest thinking and guidance on stress management, mental health and employee wellbeing. A prestigious line-up of experts will debate, inform, and advise 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 will be streamed continuously, with a different theme each day.

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.

Strong Media Interest

International Stress Awareness Week 2019 attracted considerable interest in the media. Interviews with ISMA’s Chair, Carole Spiers, were broadcast on Sky News, BBC News and BBC London Live, and there was coverage on BBC Radio throughout the country. The new Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit is also likely to attract significant publicity on high-profile media channels such as Sky News, BBC News, BBC London Live, The Independent, The Telegraph and the Evening Standard, and via online news sites, blogs, forums and websites.

Top Rated on Social Media

On social media International Stress Awareness Week trends worldwide and in 2019 received over 2 million impressions across the UK and several other countries.

‘Once again, Twitter was inundated with tweets referring to International Stress Awareness Day and there were plenty of mentions on Facebook too. Activity began in the run up to the event, and our fingers could hardly keep up with the number of tweets and mentions as the day progressed. Activity continued into the early hours of the following day, as the USA chimed in with enthusiasm. #NationalStressAwarenessDay was trending worldwide and was mentioned by a number of high-profile media channels such as The Independent, The Telegraph and the Evening Standard.’

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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