NPW 2013

Stress and wellbeing in Australia survey 2013

For the third year, the Australian Psychological Society - representing more than 21,000 members around Australia - commissioned a survey to examine the stress and wellbeing of Australian adults (aged 18 and over) across the nation. This year the survey included a special focus on working Australians.

Key survey findings

  • In 2013, Australians reported significantly lower levels of wellbeing and significantly higher levels of stress and distress than in 2012 and 2011.
  • Almost three-quarters of Australians (73%) reported that stress was having at least some impact with almost one in five (17%) reporting that stress was having a strong to very strong impact on their physical health.
  • In 2013, significantly more Australians (65% 2013 vs. 60% 2012) reported that current stress was affecting their mental health, with one in five people reporting it had a strong to very strong impact on their mental health.
  • One in four (24%) Australians reported mental health issues as a source of stress.
  • Significantly more Australians reported visiting social networking sites, eating or sleeping more to manage stress than in previous years.
  • Finances, family and health issues continued to rank as the top causes of stress for Australians.
  • Working Australians reported significantly lower overall workplace wellbeing in 2013 compared with findings in previous years.
  • Working Australians reported significantly lower levels of job satisfaction and significantly lower levels of interest in their jobs than in the previous two years.
  • Generally, working women were significantly more likely than working men to report that they felt valued and supported to do their job.
  • Women were significantly more likely than men to report being involved in their job.

 

Further information

How Australians manage stress infographic

how Australians manage stress

 

 

Tips on how to manage everyday stress

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