SOS To Stress Day – June 30

sos to stressSOS To Stress Day is not just about promoting awareness around the negative impact of stress. SOS To Stress Day encourages everyone to evaluate their coping tactics and ensure that they have the right strategies to handle whatever life has to offer.

Beverly Beuermann-King is inviting media, employers, health care organizations and associations across the country to bring awareness to the issue of coping with stress.

Since SOS To Stress Day falls on a Friday this year, organizations and employers can set up a speaker series or organize a health fair.  They can also post links to on-line articles and tools, develop and disseminate educational materials and/or start a social media discussion.  It may be as simple as sending out a reminder that it is SOS To Stress Day and encourage their employees to consciously plan to do some activities that will relax, re-energize and reconnect them to friends and family.

The more that we share our strategies with each other, the more that we understand that we are not alone, that coping is possible and that there is a myriad of choices out there for us.

SOS To Stress Day Press Releases

2017 – Productivity Deficit Leads To More Stress

2016 – Summer Stress Syndrome

2015 – Stress Changes Who You Are

2014 – Stop Letting Guilt Stress You Out

2013 – Time For Baby Boomers To Step Up

2012 – Give A Kiss, Hug Or Call Your Mom

2011 – Sleep, Sex and Sweaty Palms


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Stress Facts

Did You Know?…

  • 72% of respondents reported experiencing excessive or uncomfortable levels of stress (Sun Life Financial 2012 Canadian Health Index Report)
  • 18-24 (90%) 25-34 (80%) were found to be the groups hardest hit by stress.  (Sun Life Financial 2012 Canadian Health Index Report)
  • Canadians were most likely to name their jobs (32%) or their finances (28%) as the most important cause of stress. (AP-Ipsos Survey)
  • 47% Canadians reported that work is most stressful part of their life. 16% reported that work is a frequent/ongoing source of depression, anxiety, other mental health symptoms. (Partners for Mental Health, 2013)
  • 27% of working adults reported that, on most days, their lives were ‘quite’ or ‘extremely’ stressful. (Stats Canada, 2010)
  • 85% of employees say work performance has been affected by work, health and personal pressures. (Canada Life, 2012)
  • Canadians workers reported that a major source of day-to-day stress was taking care of children’s needs (16%) and family problems (21%).  (Desjardins Financial Security. 2008)
  • Study reports that about one-third of middle-aged Canadians are part of the Sandwich Generation and face an increased burden including more complicated personal schedules and less pay. (Statistics Canada, 2002)
  • 55% of caregivers say feel overwhelmed by amount of care their aging or chronically ill family member requires. (Stress in America Survey by the American Psychological Association, 2012)
  • Nearly half (48%) of the employers felt long hours were the main cause of work-related stress. (Watson Wyatt Staying@Work survey. 2008)
  • One out of every three Canadians identifies themselves as a workaholic. (Canadian Social Trends. 2005)
  • One in 10 Canadians said they frequently felt their lives were beyond their control.  (AP-Ipsos Survey. 2006)
  • 56% of those identified as workaholics felt they did not have time for fun, while 34% of non-workaholics felt that way.  (Canadian Social Trends. 2005)
  • 29% of 15 and over reported that they didn’t  have time for fun any more. (General Social Survey – 2010)
  • 54% of 15 and over reported that they felt time stressed. (General Social Survey – 2010)
  • 43% of workers say that they’ve gained weight in their current jobs, due in large part to bad habits at the office like eating out, skipping meals, ”stress-eating” and partaking in office celebrations (Work Buzz, 2011)
  • Canadians with long commutes of an hour or more per day slept on average 22 minutes less than people with short commutes (1 to 30 minutes). (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2005)
  • Workers employed in management, professional and clerical occupations were more likely to report being highly stressed than those in blue-collar jobs. (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
  • Being self-employed and having a household income under $40,000 or over $80,000 somewhat increased the likelihood of being highly stressed. (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
  • Workers with one or two children were more likely than those without children to describe their lives as quite or extremely stressful. Similarly, workers who were divorced or living common-law had a greater probability of being highly stressed. (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
  • A worker’s sex and level of education did not affect the probability that he or she would report that their life was quite or extremely stressful. (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
  • The odds of being a highly stressed worker,  were based pm five characteristics: mental health, occupation, marital status, immigrant status and physical health (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
  • 38% of Canadian Post Secondary Students said that stress negatively impacted their academic performance. (National College Health Assessment, 2013)

  • In 1961, healthcare spending in Canada was approximately 5.5% of GDP. Today, that figure is approximately 11.7% of GDP.
  • More than 70% of today’s healthcare costs are related to chronic conditions. Obesity rates have more than doubled in the last 15 years, with obesity seen as a contributing factor to many chronic diseases.
  • Chronic workplace stress driving increase in disability. 89% Canadian employers say excessive workload a problem up 25% in 2009. (Towers Watson, 2012)
  • Long-term disability claims are due to mental health issues 85%, musculoskeletal/back issues 76% and cancer 63%.  83% Short-term disability claims due to mental health issues, musculoskeletal/back issues 76% and accidents 37%. (Towers Watson, 2012)
  • Nine in 10 Canadians (90%) have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke (smoking, alcohol, physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes). 4 in 10 have 3 or more risk factors. (Tracking Heart Disease and Stroke in Canada. 2009)
  • Five million Canadian adults have high blood pressure, representing 19% of the adult population. (Blood Pressure in Canadian Adults)
  • 6.6% of the Canadian population age 20 and older has diabetes.   (National Diabetes Surveillance System. 2005)
  • In 2009-2010, 78% of short-term disability claims and 67% of long-term disability claims in Canada were related to mental health issues. (Conference Board Of Canada)
  • 35% of women and 25% of men have difficulty falling asleep.  (General Social Survey. 2005)
  • 1 in 10 say likely to fall asleep at an inappropriate time and place, such as during a meeting or while driving. (National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF), 2012)
  • 23% of those survey found that stress interfered with their sex lives. (AP-Ipsos Survey. 2002)
  • Almost half of all adults around the world suffer from headache disorders, such as migraines and tension headaches. (World Health Organization. 2011)
  • 1 in 5 migraine suffers missed work or school because of their migraines. (Journal of Neurology, 2008)
  • 69% parents say their stress has little/no impact on kids.1/3 of older kids say parents’ stress makes them sad/worried. (Stress in America Survey by the American Psychological Association, 2012)
  • 88% of working parents said they suffered at least one stress-related health problem. (Stress in America Survey by the American Psychological Association, 2012)
  • 1/6 Canadians more moody/irritable when stressed, 1/2 sleep difficulties, 1/3 eat more. (Synovate, 2009)
  • Top Impacts of Workplace Stress: Trouble Focusing (56%) Reduced Work Quality (21%) and Coworker Strife (15%). (ComPsych Corporation, 2012)

  • In 2008, 20% of men were smokers and 16% of women were smokers. (Health Canada)
  • Canadians drink more than 50% above global average. (Center For Addictions and Mental Health, 2013)
  • 47% of Canadian women eat 5+ fruits and vegetables per day compared to 34% of men (Statistics Canada, 2012)
  • 80% of UK choose junk food over healthy alternatives as remedy for stress. 53% of women favour chocolate. 2% eat fruit. (One Poll, 21012)
  • Canadians of all ages get more than one-fifth of their calories from “other foods,” which are food and beverages that are not part of the Four Food groups.  (Statistics Canada, 2006)
  • Snacks, that is, food and drink consumed between meals, accounted for more calories than breakfast, and about the same number of calories as lunch. (Statistics Canada, 2006)
  • Research found that Canadians aged 19 to 70 years of age, over 85% of men and 60% of women had sodium intakes exceeding the recommended upper limit. (Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition. 2007)
  • 18% of Canadians do not take the time to stop for a lunch break. (Angus Reid. 2010)
  • Almost one quarter of Canadian adults ages 18 and over (23% or 5.5 million) are obese, and an additional 36% are overweight. (Canadian Community Health Survey – Overweight Canadian Children and Adolescents. 2005)
  • Nearly half (49.5%) of Canadians ages 12 and over report being physically inactive. (Tracking Heart Disease and Stroke in Canada. 2009)
  • Research showed for every additional 2 hours watching TV, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increased by 20% and heart disease increased by 15%. (Journal of the American Medical Association. 2011)
  • Researchers found is that those who spent 4 hours or more during the day watching TV, playing video games, or sitting in front of a computer had a 125% increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2011)
  • Canadians watch an average 22 hours of TV per week. 1/10 reporting watching 40+ hrs. 4 in 5 Canadians reported sacrificing sleep so they could watch more TV. (Rogers Innovation Report, 2013)
  • 30% of women and 32% of those age 18 to 34 say they are more inclined to lose their temper now than they use to.  Anger is linked not only to cardiovascular disease but also to Type 2 diabetes. (Angus Reid Strategies.  2008)
  • Six-in-ten Canadian adults and youth feel tired most of the time. 36% said that there was not enough time to sleep. 27% said that they had too much on their mind and couldn’t relax (Leger Health of Canadians, 2012)
  • Men who were highly time crunched slept 35 minutes less than those who reported little time stress.  Similarly, women got 25 minutes less sleep. (General Social Survey. 2005)
  • UK: 40% small business owners said they worked from their sick beds because there was nobody else to work. (Health & Wellbeing: Bupa, 2012)
  • Workers who averaged at least 11hours per day at the office had roughly 2 1/2 times the odds of developing depression compared to those who worked 7 or 8 hours per day. (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, 2012)