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27 Oct 2022

Stress - Where to Get Help

National Stress Awareness Day was set up by the International Stress Management Association, with the mission of raising awareness of the effects of psychological distress in the workplace and strategies to address it.

If you are struggling with life pressures, you might be stressed. And although stress is not an illness itself it could lead to you becoming unwell, it may affect your behaviour and it may make you feel really low. Even positive events such as having a baby or getting married can make you feel stressed. And most worryingly, too much stress can make an existing mental illness even worse. If you feel that you are being overwhelmed by stress there are activities you can do and actions you can take that may help.


If you feel you need practical support, you may consider contacting:

  • Citizens Advice
    Offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice, and can advise on benefits, housing, debt and other issues face-to-face or over the phone or webchat.
    Telephone England: 03444 111 444
    Telephone Wales: 03444 77 20 20
  • National Debtline
    Provides free, independent and confidential advice about debt.
    Telephone: 0808 808 4000. Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1pm
  • Shelter
    A housing and homelessness charity offering specialist advice on a range of housing issues.
    Telephone: 0808 800 4444. Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm
  • StepChange
    Provides free, confidential advice and support to anyone worried about debt.
    Telephone: 0800 138 1111. Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm

And for emotional support you can also call:

  • Samaritans
    Available 24 hours a day. They provide confidential support for people in emotional distress.
    Telephone: 116 123
  • Sane
    UK mental health charity aiming to improve the quality of life of anyone affected by mental illness.
    Telephone: 0300 304 7000. 4:30pm -10:30pm everyday
  • Support Line
    Offers help to people on any issue.
    Telephone: 01708 765200
  • Relate
    A charity who provide relationship counselling.