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Stress Down Day 2020 Launched

Lifeline Darling Downs has launched Stress Down Day 2020, a fun and  easy initiative designed to reduce stress and raise vital funds for the local not for profit organisation.

Research shows that one in eight Australians is currently experiencing high or extremely high psychological distress and it is estmated that 90% of Australians need to stress less – with 74% of people reporting being stresses from work.

Lifeline Darling Downs aims to help to reduce workplace stress in 2020 by encouraging workplaces to prioritise the wellbeing of their employees by doing something fun in their work environment such as wearing pyjamas/slippers to work or having some office games, sharing their fun activity online and donating to Lifeline Darling Downs’ free, confidential counselling service.

Derek Tuffield OAM

“This year we have been besieged with devastating events such as the bushfires in Stanthorpe, Millmerran and Crow’s Nest in 2019, plus seven years of prolonged drought and the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever we need to reduce our stress levels.”

“Traditionally we see a spike in people contacting us for counselling and financial counselling services approximately three to four months after a traumatic event. Therefore, all funds raised will go towards providing ongoing free, counselling support and is available to anyone who needs it”, Lifeline Darling Downs, CEO, Derek Tuffield  OAM said.

Stress Down Day provides a great opportunity for workplaces to realise the importance of ensuring an environment that prioritises the wellbeing of employees. Getting involved in Stress Down Day is a fun way to help address a serious issue with the bonus of doing something good for the community. Designed to be flexible, activities can be tailored to the workplace culture.

Lifeline Darling Downs has set a fundraising goal of $5,000 which will provide over forty hours of free counselling for those who have been impacted by natural disaster and tough times this year. Those wanting to support their community and donate securely online by visiting www.lifelinedarlingdowns.org.au/stressdownday2020 where every donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,500 thanks to our Matched Giving Partner, Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.

“This is a really great local initiative that not only aims to support people in the local community, but also raises awareness of the importance of recognising stress if your life and working on ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing,” PHN CEO Merrilyn Strohfeldt said.

All registered businesses will receive an information pack with handy hints and ways to recognise and manage stress. To register to participate in Stress Down Day please visit hbps://www.lifelinedarlingdowns.org.au/stress-down-day
or call 1300 991 443.

Submitted by:
Matt Gregg
Manager Community Engagement
P 0488 660 137
E [email protected]

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