Work leading cause of stress
Release date: 25th July 2014
Now in its seventh year, Lifeline’s Stress Poll has found that 77% of Australians indicated they experience stress due to work, followed by 72% of respondents experiencing stress caused by finances.
Of particular concern is that almost half of all respondents (49%) indicated they had experienced “a lot” of stress in these areas of their life.
“Lifeline is concerned about the high levels of stress in our community, and each year it increases,” says Lifeline Chairman, John Brogden.
Lifeline’s annual Stress Poll asks respondents how much stress is caused by five different life factors, including work; finances; thoughts about the future; health; and personal relationships.
The proportion of Australians who indicated that they experienced a lot of stress caused by any of the stress factors has been steadily increasing from 43% in 2012, to 48% in 2014.
Other Stress Poll data of note:
• A substantial majority of respondents (91%) agreed that at least one of the five life factors caused them some amount of stress.
• Women are experiencing more stress than men, and in particular ‘a lot’ more stress than men (52% compared to 44% respectively).
• The older we are, the more stressed we get about our health.
• We’re more stressed about our relationship in the age range of 20-29 (around 60%).
“If stress lasts a long time or overwhelms our ability to cope, it can have a detrimental effect on our health, wellbeing, and general enjoyment of life,” said John Brogden.
Stress Down Day provides an opportunity to reflect, take stock of what may be causing stress and engage in self-care.
Lifeline’s Stress Less, Laugh More ambassador, comedian Anthony Ackroyd says there are many ways to participate in the day, whether it’s running a “best joke” competition in your workplace or hosting a morning tea with friends.
“While Lifeline’s Stress Poll contained some worrying statistics, it also identified that 98% of Australians think that humour and laughter reduces stress,” Anthony Ackroyd said.
“Organise a fun Stress Down Day at your workplace, school or with your friends, with activities that make you laugh!”
We can all take simple steps to reduce stress, but if you are experiencing high levels of stress, we do encourage you to visit your GP or phone Lifeline, which is available 24/7 on 13 11 14.
To find out more about managing your stress and how you can participate in Lifeline’s Stress Down Day on 25 July please visit www.stressdown.org.au. You can also make a donation to Lifeline through the Stress Down Day website to support our vision of ‘an Australia free of suicide’.
The full results of Lifeline’s 2014 Stress Poll can be downloaded at the Stress Down Day website under the Stress Tips tab.
Lifeline is extremely grateful to both Orima and Newspoll for providing their services free of charge. Stress Down Day also wouldn’t be possible without Lifeline’s partner Genworth – Australia’s leading provider of lenders mortgage insurance.
Media Contact - 0408 407 376 or [email protected] Media opportunities are available with the following spokespeople by arrangement:
• Lifeline Chairman, John Brogden
• Stress Less, Laugh More ambassador, comedian Anthony Ackroyd
• Managing Director for Mental Health at Work, Ingrid Ozols
If you’re thinking about harming yourself or ending your life contact Lifeline:
Call: 13 11 14 (24/7)