Stress Support

Stress support services including charities, counselling services and helplines for people suffering from negative stress.

Stress Charities and Organisations

International Stress Management Association
A charitable organisation which aims to raise awareness about all types of stress. They also promote stress support services, and encourage the development of techniques of benefit to sufferers.

The Stress Management Society
They help to combat stress through a variety of techniques. The website provides tips and advice on how best to cope with stress and also has information about workshops and stress management services intended to educate people about effective stress management techniques.

Stress Counselling

Stress management counselling is often useful at assisting people in limiting the negative effects of stress, as well as preventing physical or mental problems. It can help people to recognise the major causes of stress in their life and make changes that will help them to react less to stressful situations.

Stress counselling involves the use of techniques such as Behavioural therapy. Practitioners using this technique to encourage their clients to consider why they react to certain situations and then attempt to help them alter their responses.

Person-Centred Therapy is also appropriate for people suffering from stress and explores the reasons why certain events act as triggers.

Stress Explained

Stress can have both positive and negative influences. If channelled correctly it can help with motivation, enabling a person to meet challenges or confront problems. However, negative stress can be detrimental to physical and mental health.

Some of the most common forms of stress are:

  • Acute Stress – a short-term reaction to certain stressful events like road rage
  • Chronic stress – occurs frequently and may seem to be a regular feature of a person’s life
  • Eustress – this is a positive and productive form, capable of improving motivation as well as providing inspiration in certain instances

Stress Helplines

International Stress Management Association Help-line – 07000 780 430
This registered charity works to reduce stress of all kinds and provides a helpline that offers emotional support to people suffering from stress.

Support Line – 0208 544 9004
A national telephone line service that offers support for people with any type of problems. Their operators provide advice and information about all kinds of issues.