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Stress Control Programme Donegal

HSE Media Release: 5th November 2019

The HSE, with the support of Donegal Mindwellness (Daniel and Majella O’Donnell), continues to roll out the highly regarded Stress Control programme in Donegal.  Stress control is a free six session programme. Each session lasts for 90 minutes and is delivered once a week. ‘Stress Control’ was devised by Dr.Jim White, a Clinical Psychologist in Glasgow to help the large number of people who complained of stress and who were keen to learn how to tackle their problems themselves. Through research, this evidence-based course has been improved over the years and Stress Control is now available in many different countries.

Stress affects people from all walks of life. Although no two people will have exactly the same problems, we all have a lot in common when we are feeling stressed. We can find it hard to relax, we can worry a great deal, we can lose confidence and a sense of control. Our relationships at home or at work may suffer as we become more snappy and irritable, our thinking becomes less clear, more confused and consequently we may make poor decisions in our day to day affairs.

People who come to Stress Control come to learn simple strategies for alleviating stress, and the course is delivered by the presenters in such a way that people do not need to talk, this makes it less stressful for participants, there are no embarrassing exercises, just simple information explained in such a way that people learn over the course how to become their own therapists. Handouts and relaxation CD’s are provided.

To ensure the continued development of our Community Mental Health Services research has been carried out by Dr Christina Corbett (Senior Clinical Psychologist) into the benefits of the six week ‘Stress Control’ programme for treating stress, anxiety and depression for people in Donegal. The study showed that of those attending the Stress Control programme only 26% of people reported stress levels in the ‘normal’ range, while following the course and 3 months later this number rose to 70% of people who attended the course being back in the ‘normal’ range of stress.

The results also showed that 21% of participants reported experiencing stress levels that were in the ‘extremely severe’ range before attending the course and this number reduced to 0% in that range 3 months later. Similar results were found for the reduction in levels of anxiety and depression following the course. Showing that Stress Control is a programme that really works to reduce stress and therefore is highly recommended for anyone experiencing these common mental health difficulties.

The Stress Control programme begins on November 7th at 6.30pm in the Gateway Hotel, Buncrana. Please come along and bring a friend.

If stress is concerning you or someone you know it’s important to talk to your GP to get help and advice.


Last updated on: 05 / 11 / 2019