Stress Rescue for Coping with COVID19 from HSE Health and Wellbeing

HSE Press Release: 3rd September 2020

Over 10,000 Irish viewers participate in HSE online Stress Control programme

Free online course:


HSE Health and Wellbeing is hosting an online, free Stress Control online programme this September. The programme, which helps participants deal with their stress and learn skills to support their mental wellbeing, is made up of six online sessions of an hour and half each. To join simply go to to register.

This is the fourth series in the Stress Control programme. Over 10,000 Irish viewers have already participated in the programme since April. This is a free and user-friendly resource for people to access in this time of increased uncertainty, where some people may be finding they are experiencing increased levels of worry due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Speaking about the programme, Dr Christina Corbett, HSE Senior Clinical Psychologist commented: “As we all continue to deal with the everyday challenges presented to us, being able to manage anxiety and build resilience are key skills to have. This Stress Control programme contains lots of useful and practical ways to manage and cope with feelings of stress, and depression. It has also been shown to improve our mental health wellbeing.”

Programme resources are available online, are free of charge and include information booklets, relaxation and mindfulness tools to support people to find what works for them.

How to Participate:

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

The six sessions are 90 minutes a session and will cover different topics. Participants are encouraged to watch all sessions, but participants can join at any stage for one or more session.

Session 1: Introduction. What is stress? - Monday 07/09/2020 2pm and 8:30pm

Session 2: Controlling your body - Thursday 10/09/2020 2pm and 8:30pm

Session 3: Controlling your thoughts - Monday 14/09/2020 2pm and 8:30pm

Session 4: Controlling your actions - Thursday 17/09/2020 2pm and 8:30pm

Session 5: Controlling panicky feelings and getting a good night’s sleep - Monday 21/09/2020 2pm and 8:30pm.

Session 6: Boosting your wellbeing, tying it all together and controlling your future - Thursday 24/09/2020 2pm and 8:30pm.

Note: All sessions will be available for 48 hours after first broadcast.

Notes to the editor:

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.

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.


Last updated on: 03 / 09 / 2020