Aussies urged to have fun this Stress Down Day
Thousands of individuals, classrooms and workplaces across the country are celebrating Stress Down Day today, combating Australia’s high stress levels and raising funds for Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention services in the process.
Lifeline Australia Chairman John Brogden said that, with a recent survey showing that 90 per cent of Australians are experiencing stress, the day was important for sparking a conversation about stress and the impact it can have on our mental health.
“Stress Down Day encourages the community to set aside time to take a collective breath of fresh air and focus on our health and wellbeing,” Mr Brogden said.
“As our lives become more and more demanding, it’s important to promote coping mechanisms like laughter, exercise or simple time outs. For classrooms and workplaces, Stress Down Day is a great way to have fun and promote a positive culture, while also supporting the continuation of Lifeline’s lifesaving services.”
The day invites individuals and organisations to stage any fun activity that reduces stress, from dressing up or down, staging a ‘dad joke’ competition or hosting a morning tea.
The eighth annual Stress Down Day is run in conjunction with the National Stress Poll 2015, which saw questions included in a recent national Newspoll survey measuring the extent to which people experience stress across five life factors; work, finance, health, personal relationships and thoughts about the future.
To download the National Stress Poll 2015, or for more information on how to get involved with Stress Down Day, visit www.stressdown.org.au
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.
For further information or comment, please contact [email protected] or 0408 407 376.
NB: Lifeline’s 24-hour telephone crisis line 13 11 14 is pronounced ‘thirteen eleven fourteen’.