24 July 2019 is Stress Down Day, a fun and easy initiative by Lifeline Australia designed to help reduce stress and raise vital funds for the organisation. Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians who experience personal crisis access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Some of the crisis and issues Lifeline can help people with include:
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Personal crisis
- Abuse and trauma
- Stresses from work, family or society
- Self-help information for friends and family
According a research study about stress, 90% of Australians suffer from some form of stress, 74% of whice reported incidents of work-related stress.
Lifeline Australia started Stress Down Day as a call for support to reduce workplace stress in 2019 by registering a record number of workplaces to participate and implement simple activities that can reduce stress.
According to Anna Brook, National Manager for the Lifeline Research Foundation, “Stress Down Day provides a great opportunity for workplaces to realise the importance of ensuring an environment that prioritises the wellbeing of employees. It’s a fun take on a serious issue with the bonus of doing something good for our community.”
She also suggested workplaces should use the opportunity to have fun. “Stress Down Day is designed to be flexible, so activities can be tailored to suit the workplace culture. In previous years, some organisations have encouraged employees to wear pyjamas or tracksuits to work, others have gone Hawaiian. I’m looking forward to stressing down by wearing my Ugg boots to work this year.”
Funds raised will increase the number of volunteers helping Australians in crisis.
For more information, check out lifeline.org.au.
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