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Mental Health Awareness Week brings work-related stress to the fore

Mental Health Awareness Week is a reminder of the need to support those who are feeling the strain during the pandemic. One in four people in the UK will have will have a mental health problem at some point.


There are six main causes of stress: demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.

Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. The earlier a problem is identified and tackled the less impact it will have.

HSE has a range of practical support and guidance available to support mental health and wellbeing at work. This includes:

  • risk assessment templates for stress

  • talking toolkits to help start conversations with your colleagues

  • workbooks

  • posters

  • a mobile app

  • an automated stress indicator tool

For more information visit the stress section of HSE's website.

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and why nature has been chosen as this year’s theme.

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