How can I cope with stress/work-related stress?

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure – for example this could be built up through home life, work, school/college or in relationships.

It may be difficult to change or remove the cause of stress, but there are resources available to help you manage stress better – NHS Choices have produced a useful page about stress and stress management. If you have tried self-help techniques and found that they have not helped, you could also speak to your GP.

Please also see information on St Helens Gateway about what is wellbeing and links to support available for factors that may be causing you stress e.g. debt, employment, ex-servicemen/women.

The Stress Management Society provides information and support to help people tackle stress – support is available through their website, by email ( or through their helpline (0808 231 5907).

Self-help books and CDs are available to help with stress through the ‘Books on Prescription’ service available at your local library.

Further information about stress can also be found online via the local Mental Health Directory, Mind and NHS Choices.Stress at Work
The following webpages provide some useful information about stress at work and how to manage stress at work:

  • HSE
  • DirectGov

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is about supporting men, particularly those aged 15-35. It’s about giving you a break, a way of getting things off your chest and sorting your head out. If you’re going through a tough time and live on Merseyside then they could help you get back to enjoying your life. They provide a helpline (0800 58 58 58) and a website full of information, blogs and stories on issues relating to stress and mental health.