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Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life but for others it requires more attention and support. Everyone reacts differently to stress, and some people may have a higher threshold than others. Some stress can be positive. A moderate level of stress can motivate us and make us perform better and more alert.


Anxiety is a common, treatable condition most people can relate to.

It is normal to feel anxious when faced with something dangerous, difficult or unknown, for example when starting a job or sitting an exam. If everything goes well, the anxiety will most likely go away. This kind of anxiety can be helpful in stressful situations, because it increases alertness.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. It can be anything that is out of the ordinary or deeply distressing to someone such as an accident, a fire or witnessing a traumatic event such as a death. It can also be large scale following a major natural disaster. Deliberate acts of violence, for example, being held at gunpoint or raped, are more likely to result in PTSD than natural events or accidents.

Combat Stress - for veterans’ mental health

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For almost a century, Combat Stress has helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, we provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict - on the phone and online,  in the community and at our specialist centres.

Traumatic Stress Clinic, St Pancras Hospital

Our services provide evidence-based psychological treatment for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is an anxiety disorder which can be caused by stressful or frightening events. Our team also offer supervision, consultation and support to other services in C&I and community organisations on understanding and managing the condition. We have been commissioned to offer consultation and psychological care following major traumatic incidents. Age range treated: 18+

With stress the focus of 2018's Mental Health Awareness Week, a new resource helps local people seeking welfare advice

Hosted each year by the Mental Health Foundation, this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (until 20 May) focuses on stress, as research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor. One of life's everyday experiences that can be stressful is looking for welfare advice, the form-filling that may accompany it, or perhaps the need for someone to speak up on your behalf - an 'advocate'?