Stress Awareness

April - Stress Awareness Month 2024

Over the month of April we challenged you to prioritise your mental and physical health and reduce your stress levels with seven small challenges each week from the The Stress Management Society.

2023 Stress Awareness Week Theme: Beyond Stress Management: From Stigma to Solutions

Aiming to promote awareness around stress management and remove the stigma around mental health issues, International Stress Awareness Week is a world-recognised event, with 1st November Stress Awareness Day – a day in its 25th year in 2023.

The 2023 theme of the week is Beyond Stress Management: From Stigma to Solutions

Why not take International Stress Management AssociationUK (ISMA)’s stress questionnaire to find out your score and visit their website for some useful resources.

Stress is not necessarily a bad thing – the “fight or flight” response that helps us to focus our attention. If our body experiences stress over a prolonged period of time however, this can actually be very detrimental – it attacks the weakest part of our physiology – causing physical problems like heart disease, insomnia, digestive issues, immune system challenges, etc to more serious mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Here at CHSG we recognise mental health is just as important as physical health so we urge you to take some time to look at your stress levels, whatever level of the chain you may be. 

Stress-Reducing Tips and Tricks

CHSG & Mental Heath First Aid England
Mental Health Courses

Currently MHFA england estimate there are 33,000 mental health first aiders, 1,900 youth mental health first aiders, 640 MHFA instructors, and 110 Youth MHFA instructors.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. 

MHFA has been widely adopted across the construction industry and is seen as a huge leap forward in improving the profile of mental health and providing timely access to someone for signposting to further help and advice.

  • MHFA was first developed in Australia in 2001 in response to survey findings showing poor mental health literacy amongst the public, and initially, a short MHFA training course was developed, comparable to conventional first aid training.
  • Mental Health First Aid programs have spread across the globe and in 2016, 1.7 million people had been trained worldwide.

CHSG & Park Health Partnership Podcasts

Visit our Podcasts page to listen to all of our Health in Construction and In Construction episodes.

Look out for our new podcast on the role of MHFA, the benefits it can bring, and the pitfalls to be aware of which will go live in May.