Stress levels remain too high
Today’s release of Lifeline’s annual Stress Poll report has shown little improvement to the country’s stress levels, with 90 per cent of Australians experiencing stress due to life factors like work, finances and thoughts about the future.
Lifeline Australia Chairman John Brogden said the National Stress Poll 2015 highlights the pervasiveness of stress in Australia, which demographics are most affected and why.
“With such high rates of mental illness and suicide in Australia, Lifeline believes it is important to have a conversation about what these figures mean for the community, and what we can do to combat them,” Mr Brogden said.
“We need to ask ourselves, for example, why 99 per cent of people aged 18-19 are experiencing stress, or why four in 10 Australians are still experiencing ‘a lot’ of stress. These kinds of figures can have significant flow on effects for the physical and mental health of our community.”
Lifeline’s Stress Poll has been conducted annually since 2008, with questions included in a 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.
While the country’s stress levels peaked in 2011, Mr Brogden said activities like Lifeline’s Stress Down Day on 24 July 2015 are as important as ever.
“As our lives become more and more demanding, it’s important to promote coping mechanisms like laughter, exercise or simple time outs,” Mr Brogden said.
“Stress Down Day, which invites individuals and organisations to dress up or down, stage a ‘dad joke’ competition or host a morning tea, is the perfect opportunity for employers to promote mental wellness in the workplace. At the same time, the day also raises valuable funds for Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention services.”
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 24/7 telephone crisis support line 13 11 14 is pronounced ‘thirteen eleven fourteen’.