One in two Aussies very stressed

One in two Australians are experiencing a level of stress that could be making them sick, according to a new poll conducted as part of Lifeline's Stress Down day.

In its fourth year, the Lifeline Stress Poll (facilitated by Newspoll) has found that our stress levels continue to rise each year, with an alarming amount of us experiencing high levels of stress at work and at home.

93% of Australians are stressed this year, up from 90% in 2010, and 48% of us are experiencing high levels of stress, up from 43% this time last year.

Lifeline spokesperson Brendan Maher said today: "Lifeline is seriously concerned about the high levels of stress in our community, and it's getting worse. For years we have been concerned about the high levels of extreme stress in Australia, and each year it grows. This year we can put some of it down to the natural disasters affecting our nation, but much of it will be due to poor stress management." 

Australians work very long hours and so it is no surprise to Lifeline that work is the number one stressor for the country, this was followed by thoughts of the future, finances, health and personal relationships.

Other data of note:

  • Women are experiencing more stress than men, and in particular more high levels of stress than men (52% to 44% respectively)
  • People living in big cities are slightly more stressed than country folk
  • People who don't work are more than twice as likely to be very stressed than those in the work force
  • People who work part time experience more stress than full time workers
  • The older we are, the more stressed we get about our health
  • More than 60% of 18 and 19 year olds are very stressed

Bupa Health and Wellness Advisor, Guy Leech, says: "Aussies must take stress management more seriously because stress can have very real and detrimental effects; from an adverse impact on our physical appearance to our ability to sleep, and direct impacts on our internal organs. This is serious stuff."

The poll names work as the number one stressor and Bupa's own research definitely supports this. At Bupa we have over 400 Corporate Partners and know that stress is a major factor affecting the physical and mental health of Australian workers. Visit, or for tips and advice on managing stress.

Says Brendan: "Another great way to take at least one day off stress is to take part in Lifeline's Stress Down Day, and help us raise money to continue our 24 hour crisis line."

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