Tuesday 24th July is Stress Down Day, a fun and easy initiative designed to reduce stress and raise vital funds for Lifeline Australia.

Research shows that 90% of Australians need to stress less – with 74% of people reporting being stressed from work.*

Lifeline Australia aims to reduce workplace stress in 2018 by registering a record number of workplaces/community groups to participate and implement simple activities that can reduce stress.

“Stress Down Day provides a great opportunity to realise the importance of ensuring an environment that prioritises the wellbeing of employees as well as members of the community. It’s a fun take on a serious issue with the bonus of doing something good for our community,” said Bob Gilkes, Chief Executive Officer, Lifeline Australia.

Mr Gilkes suggests Australians should use the opportunity to have fun, promote happiness and encourage help seeking. “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,” he said.

Workplaces across Australia are encouraged to get involved. To register, please visit: https://stressdown2018.gofundraise.com.au/cms/registration

Funds raised will increase the number of volunteers helping Australians in crisis. For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.

*Survey results from Lifeline Australia research, 2016.