The Health and Safety Executive defines work-related stress as ‘a harmful reaction that people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work.’

Everyone experiences stress differently. There is a wide range of symptoms that people can experience when stressed. Where stress is prolonged it can lead to both physical and psychological damage, including anxiety and depression.

Good people management is stress management. The University’s Work-Related Stress Management Policy aims to reduce the risk of work-related stress happening, by carrying out proactive service-level stress risk assessments and implementing appropriate control measures.

The University’s Employee Assistance Programme is a free, confidential service for staff, designed to help with all personal difficulties, whether work-related or not.

To mark the day, the University Health, Safety and Environment Service is putting an information point in the Claverton Rooms foyer and Virgil reception, covering a wide range of stress-related advice and information on sources of help.

Visit the UHSE stand in the Claverton Rooms foyer between 10:00 and 15:00 and the information point in Virgil

National Stress Awareness Day is promoted by the International Stress Management Associationᵁᴷ