Stress Rescue for Coping with Covid-19 from HSE Health and Wellbeing

Free online course:

The HSE Health & Wellbeing Stress Control on-line programme will be broadcast on Monday 11th May for its second run. The programme, which helps participants deal with increased stress and cope with Covid-19, is free of charge and runs for three weeks. To join simply go to to register.

With an average daily Irish viewership of nearly 3,500 per session, the initial three week programme which ran recently, proved very popular with Irish audiences who joined an online community to learn ways to tackle the increase in worry and stress we are all feeling.

Speaking about the programme, Dr Christina Corbett, HSE Senior Psychologist commented: “This programme aims to provide easy access to practical information for anyone who may be feeling anxious or stressed at this time. We have had a lot of positive feedback from Irish participants.”

Programme resources are available to download free of charge and include booklets and relaxation and mindfulness tools to support people to try various strategies to find what works for them.

Aoife, a 22-year-old, fourth-year student at IT Sligo said: “I never thought about learning to control my stress, until I watched the stress control programme. During this time of isolation and lockdown, there is a lot of extra time to think, rethink and overthink. This programme has given me simple steps and procedures to follow to stop this and reduce my stress. I now know how to identify my type of stress, and hearing others describe theirs is reassuring. I think this is a really useful tool, taking you through simple steps for controlling stress.”

People of all ages can benefit as 74-year-old Deirdre from Dublin testified: “Congratulations on bringing this wonderful course to the Irish public at a time of many stresses, especially for us being cocooned. Having no children to help me use my laptop, I can't believe I have found my way around this course. Thank you as I have suffered from stress for most of my adult life.”

How to Participate

To access the Stress Control sessions, visit

Users need to ‘Subscribe’ to Stress Control’s YouTube page, (this is a free subscription) and they will receive notifications when a new session is available.

Additional mental health resources can be found at

HSE Stress Control Programme

The roll out of the Stress Control programme has been a priority for the HSE under the Healthy Ireland Framework and under the Connecting for Life Suicide Strategy. Prior to COVID-19 the HSE was working across the Community Health Organisations (CHOs) and Hospital Groups to roll out Stress Control to the public and to staff. In the context of COVID-19 this course is now available online.

HSE Health & Wellbeing next Stress Control online course will take place on the following dates:

Session Date 1st Showing Repeated
1: What is stress? Mon 11 & Tues 12 May 2pm to 3.30pm 8.30pm to 10pm
2: Controlling your body Thurs 14 & Fri 15 May 2pm to 3.30pm  8.30pm to 10pm
3: Controlling your thoughts Mon 18 & Tues 19 May 2pm to 3.30pm 8.30pm to 10pm
4: Controlling your actions Thurs 21 & Fri 22 May 2pm to 3.30pm 8.30pm to 10pm
5: Controlling panicky feelings Getting a good night’s sleep Mon 25 & Tues 26 May 2pm to 3.30pm 8.30pm to 10pm
6: Boosting your wellbeing Tying it all together Controlling your future Thurs 28 & Fri 29 May 2pm to 3.30pm 8.30pm to 10pm

Issued by HSE National Press Office

Notes to the editor:

Available for Interview

HSE National Spokesperson

Dr Christina Corbett is a Senior Clinical Psychologist (HSE) with the Community Mental Health Team based in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Christina is a Master Trainer of the Stress Control programme and has been delivering the programme locally for a number of years. Christina has also published research into the benefits of the Stress Control programme for treating stress, anxiety and depression in the general public. Christina is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Mental Health Advocacy Spokesperson

Stress Control is narrated by Dr Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control Ltd. Dr White is an internationally recognised expert in stress management. Jim has presented at many national and international conferences and events and acted as a National Advisor to the Scottish Government. He is involved with the European Union on how to develop mental health services across Europe using interventions, including Stress Control, he has devised. Jim is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the lead CBT organisation in the UK and Ireland and had been appointed a Chartered Scientist. Jim has teamed up with the HSE to train Master Trainers of Stress Control in Ireland.

HSE Stress Control Programme Participant

Liz Downes, Cork County Older Peoples Council.

Last updated on: 07 / 05 / 2020