Workplace stress can lead to a significant decline in productivity. If unmitigated, work stress can lead to depression, anxiety, and increase the risk of stress-induced health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
When employees are stressed, their health suffers and the ability to focus on work is compromised.
In a global economy, industries become more competitive which leads to greater demands on employees to perform in their jobs, which in turn leads to greater work related stress and anxiety.
And innovations in technology which were once projected to reduce pressure on employees have proved to be a double-edged sword.
Now workers can do more in the same amount of time – a conundrum that has created more stressed-out employees.
Matt Adams Work Stress Expert, Trainer & Speaker
A storm has been brewing in workplaces worldwide over the last few decades and many countries have recognised the dangers of stress and its effects n the workplace.
Organisations have set up specifically to provide assistance to companies, employees, and private individuals who are suffering the effects of stress as well as creating corporate stress management training programs, seminars, workshops and courses for the prevention of job stress.
If you believe stress is killing business productivity, don’t wait any longer.
The following list of workplace stress organisations can you assist you with valuable information, advice and recommendations for implementing workplace stress management programs for your company.
Stress Organizations in the USA
The American Institute of Stress
The American Institute of Stress was established in 1978. It was founded by Hans Selye, Linus Pauling, Alvin Toffler, Bob Hope, Michael DeBakey, Herbert Benson, and Ray Rosenman.
The AIS operates as a non-profit organisation and is tasked to become a valuable resource on all matters related to stress.
Another important responsibility of the AIS was to vet all information, products, and services that were being introduced to the public to address the growing problem of stress.
The AIS sought to check the validity of the information and to ensure that all products and services were supported by legitimate research. AIS’ website, stress.org offers visitors a variety of tools and services to help them evaluate their type of stress.
It all starts by answering the Stress Mastery Questionnaire (SMQ) which functions to assess your current stress level.
You can also find surveys to determine workplace stress, access to links and online courses that can provide solutions to stress, a guide to stress-management products that were approved by AIS, and informative blogs on various topics on stress.
Location: Weatherford, Texas, USA.
Center For Workplace Mental Health
The Center for Workplace Mental Health was established in 2005 to help employers cope with the problems caused by workplace stress.
Originally known as the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, the Center has become a valuable resource for stress management tools and information that are available to companies and individuals who are in need to immediate assistance.
The Center collaborates with various business groups, employers, and health organisations to find and develop innovative solutions to alleviate the growing problem of workplace stress and deteriorating mental health.
It does so by encouraging employers and other strategic partners to be actively involved in the process of mental healthcare and by improving access to treatments.
Among the resources provided by the Center include employer case studies, research publications, diagnostic and support toolkits, and employee-benefit programs designed to improve stress and conditions of mental illness.
Location: Washington, DC.
Stress Organizations Canada
Canadian Mental Health Association
His concern for the mental health and welfare of soldiers coming home from the war led Dr. Clarence Hincks to establish the Canadian Mental Health Association in 1918.
Today, the CMHA is the largest and most complete mental health organisation in Canada.
The association’s programs, resources, and advocacy are spread throughout more than 300 communities in every province, and in one territory.
The CMHA aims to alleviate the rising problem of mental health and illness by providing programs designed to offer support, assistance, and recovery for all afflicted Canadians.
The organisation has the presence and resources to ably support the mental health needs of more than 1.3 million Canadians. CMHA employs a large staff of over 5,000 people and 11,000 volunteers.
The CMHA takes workplace stress very seriously. The organisation has launched several campaigns and programs to address the matter of workplace stress.
Among these programs include Not Myself Today which has signed up more than 450 organisations and 380,000 employees. Another campaign is the Takeaway Toolkit Project – an initiative that is in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The Takeaways Toolkit is a guide that helps businesses apply the collaboration’s National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety In the Workplace or “The Standard” in the workplace.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mental Health Commission of Canada
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) was established in 2007 by the Canadian government.
The MHCC was a by-product of a 2006 study on mental health, illness, and addiction that was undertaken by a Senate committee headed by Michael J. L. Kirby.
The MHCC receives its funding from Health Canada and is endorsed throughout all the provinces and territories except Quebec. The purpose of the MHCC is to provide all provinces with access to tools and programs that were developed to address the problems attributed to mental health and illness.
Among the programs offered by the MHCC include Caregiving, social development for children and the youth, problems associated with cultural diversity, substance abuse, senility, discrimination, and the prevention of suicides. MHCC is also focused on resolving workplace stress.
In addition to the Standard which was discussed in the previous section, the MHCC also has other programs available to address workplace stress.
These programs are Mental Health First Aid, a program that helps employers and employees better understand mental health; The Working Mind of First Responders, a program designed for emergency workers; The Working Mind, a program developed for the average workplace employee, and an online course called “Being a Mindful Employee: An Orientation to Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace”.
Location: Calgary, Canada.
Canadian Institute of Stress
The Canadian Institute of Stress was founded by Dr. Hans Selye in 1976. Dr. Selye is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts in understanding the problem of workplace stress.
The CIS through the support of the Hans Selye Foundation has continued to explore, develop, and implement research-backed programs that aim to achieve balance, productivity, and satisfaction for employers and employees in the workplace.
Over the past 40 years, the CIS has designed and develop various tools and programs that were tested in numerous offices and clinics and produced great results.
Since 2003, the CIS has offered web-based training and certification programs to individuals all around the world who want to become Stress and Wellness Consultants (SWC) for the organization.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) was created in 1978 after the Canadian Parliament passed into law the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The law was enacted for the purpose of overseeing, protecting, and ensuring the mental and psycho-social health of working Canadians by providing updated information and education, and by instituting the latest training, management systems, and solutions for mental health and safety.
The CCOHS operates under the auspices of a tripartite council that is represented by labor, the government, and the employers.
The CCOHS carries out its mandate to promote and support workplace mental health and physical safety by offering a diverse range of products and services that were developed with the assistance of several national and international organizations which are recognized experts in mental illness, physical injuries, and fatalities.
These products and services include OSH Answers, accessible Question and Answer fact sheets about mental illness in the workplace; Inquiry Service, where Canadians can relay their questions on workplace stress via email, online form, or phone; and through newsletters and podcasts.
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Stress Organisations UK
Stress Management Society
The Stress Management Society is a non-profit organisation that was founded by bestselling author and highly successful entrepreneur Neil Shah in 2003.
The creation of SMS was borne out of Neil’s experiences as a stressed-out businessman in his workplace.
The goal of the SMS is to provide assistance and support services to organisations in the U.K and all around the world that are suffering from the effects of workplace stress.
Since it began the advocacy to make the world a happier, healthier, more sustainable, and more resilient place to live in, the SMS has become the primary anti-stress advisor to many companies such as Shell, British Airways, and Standard Life. Other notable clients of the SMS include Allianz, the NHS, Sky TV, and the Home Office.
The SMS delivers a number of useful tools and resources that are designed to help the stressed out worker and employer find solutions to workplace mental and emotional distress.
These products include self-evaluation tools such as the Individual Stress Test, Online Health Assessment Test, a Well-Being Survey, and the Corporate Stress Test.
The SMS also has an online shop that sells products developed to alleviate stress conditions including aromatherapy stress balls, mood cards, stress thermometers, and self-help books and CD’s.
Location: Middlesex, United Kingdom.
International Stress Management Association
The International Stress Management Association is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1988. The primary purpose of the ISMA is to find solutions to the burgeoning problem of workplace stress.
The organisation develops best practices, programs, and frequently hosts events with the intent of highlighting the dangers of stress, mental illness, and poor well-being to working individuals as well as businesses.
Among the regular events on ISMA’s calendar that promote mental health include an online global stress summit, a Stress Fair, the annual International Stress Awareness Week, and a stress Helpline.
You can also find valuable resources on stress management from ISMA’s website. These resources include books, publications, downloadable articles on stress in PDF format, and links to other stress management websites.
ISMA maintains a team of stress management experts who specialise in treating various mental issues.
Among the services offered include Anger Management, Behavioural Therapy, Autogenic Training, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Post-Traumatic Disorder, Stress Management, and Psychotherapy to name a few.
Location: London, United Kingdom.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation was established by Derek Richter more than 70 years ago. The purpose of the Foundation was to generate attention toward the devastating effects of poor mental health on the people of the United Kingdom.
The research conducted by the MSF over the last 30 years has illuminated the truth of mental health – that social, economic, genetic, family, and emotional factors all interact, contribute, and influence the behaviour of people at home and at the workplace.
The MSF hopes to alleviate the situation by continuing its efforts to provide the latest research that can be used by legislation to introduce policies, decisions, and solutions to mental health.
What are the other activities by the group? MSF has organised the PEP or Peer Education Project that has older students teach younger students all about mental health.
Standing Together Cymru is a community-based project that aims to improve stress conditions in group situations such as workplaces. MSF also has offices in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Location: London, United Kingdom.
Stress Organisations Australia
Heads Up is an organisation that was established in 2014 by the stress management group, Beyond Blue and supported by the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.
The purpose of Heads Up is to create greater awareness about the impact of stress on the workplace.
The organisation encourages businesses to focus on building a work environment with conditions in place to support mental health as well as to inspire employees to watch over their co-workers.
Social research agency TNS released a 2015 report that highlighted the positive contribution of Heads Up to workplace health.
According to the report, Heads Up has helped more than 300 senior leaders in businesses develop a proactive and supportive attitude toward workplace stress and employee mental health.
Since Heads Up was launched, 66% of senior leaders disclosed they were more knowledgeable about workplace mental health and 54% reported they have instituted mental health awareness programs in their respective companies.
Heads Up offers the following resources to businesses and individuals looking for answers to stress and mental issues: case studies, online training programs, webinars and podcasts, the latest statistics and research.
Location: Victoria, Australia.
SANE Australia is an organisation that helps more than 4 million Australians cope with mental health issues that include workplace stress.
The group provides various services that include a free online and national call centre service called Help Centre; SANE Forum, an online forum where people can share experiences under complete anonymity; SANE Facts and Guides, a virtual archive of resources and information on mental health, and Mental Health at Work, a service that gives valuable solutions and useful guidelines employers can use to manage stress in the workplace.
Mental Health at Work contains information on workers’ legal rights and responsibilities, tips on overcoming stressful work-related situations, a guide on how to help employees who are experiencing stress at the workplace, and a Help Line for those seeking immediate relief from the pressures of the job.
SANE Australia has received several awards for its efforts in improving mental health. Among these awards include the 2016 and 2015 MHS Program and Service Award, the 2012 and 2010 Rotary Community Service Award, and the 2006 Best Practice Charity Award.
Location: South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
WayAhead is an Australian Charity that is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC). Likewise, the charity operates under the watchful eye by the Quality Improvement Council.
This arrangement ensures that WayAhead consistently complies with the standards established by the QIC.
The programs of WayAhead are funded by the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales. Additional funding support for WayAhead is given through the generosity of private parties and agencies.
In addition, WayAhead is a member of the following organisations: Mental Health Coordinating Council, Mental Health Australia, and the Forum on Non-Government Agencies. WayAhead Workplaces is one of the ongoing programs of WayAhead.
WayAhead Workplaces was established in 2006 and operates like a network where companies and individuals can get together, share experiences, and offer solutions to the growing problem of workplace stress in Australia.
Members of the WayAhead Workplaces community can access valuable resources about diagnosing and managing workplace stress. WayAhead Workplaces can also offer support services and consultation.
Location: Woolloomooloo, Australia.
Stress Organisations Europe
European Network for Workplace Health Promotion
Although the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) is based in Italy, the organisation’s services are available to all member-nations of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).
Established in 2016, the ENWHP is a non-profit organisation that is committed to alleviating the growing problem of workplace stress and work-related mental illness prevailing throughout Europe.
The ENWHP is composed of different divisions. Each division is headed by a board member and is designated with a specific function that is designed to address workplace stress.
There are various positions available in a division. To join, you will have to undergo training under the ENWHP. Once you complete the training, you can participate in the division’s different activities.
The ENWHP also provides training services to any company that needs workplace stress management policies within the organisation. The company will have to undergo training in the ENWHP’s trainer accreditation program.
When you have completed the training, you can share the tools, techniques, and processes under the organisation’s Workplace Health Promotion (EQSWH) program.
Location: Perugia, Italy