Some stress is normal, but prolonged high-level stress isn’t. Managing unsafe stress levels can reduce your risk of developing anxiety or depression.

What is stress?

Stress is your body’s normal response to an elevated sense of risk, demand or danger whether perceived or fact. Stress helps you stay alert, focused and energized. However, too much stress can be highly disruptive and damaging to your health. Emotionally-charged situations or physical threats – even if they’re only imaginary – can trigger the stress response in your body, which kicks into a higher gear to cope with what you believe is a threat. Find out how you can improve your health by reducing your stress levels.




$12 billion

The Black Dog Institute estimates mental health issues cost the Australian economy around $12 billion a year


Over 60% of people with severe levels of distress drink alcohol to manage stress


The number one recreational sport in Australia is walking.


of people in the past year felt so stressed they were overwhelmed or unable to cope


Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men in Australia