Stress LESS

Our campaign for 12-18 year olds seeks to empower young people to help reduce stress and tackle mental health stigma alongside their peers.

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Our Aims

Stress LESS equips students with simple strategies to help reduce stress with the message ‘Take five; feel better’. We encourage young people to identify small changes in their lives which can make a big difference, creating an action plan they can use to make five changes over five weeks.

The campaign also provides tools which students can use independently to connect with like-minded peers, grow confidence and develop skills while raising awareness of positive mental health.

We encourage schools and youth organisations to utilise the tools available to implement Stress LESS and engage the young people they work with to get involved.

A key part of our campaign is a county-wide network of young Stress LESS Champions who promote positive mental health, provide peer support and signpost others to further help when required.

Liane, one of our Champions, shares her experiences of being involved in the campaign, saying, “I would never have given a talk before Stress LESS but now I’d do it any time! I can’t explain how much my knowledge has grown over these two years.”

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We understand that poor mental health can be one of the biggest barriers to young people fulfilling their potential through higher education. Implementing the Stress LESS campaign in your school/youth group encourages awareness, peer support and empowers young people to take the lead and develop skills focusing on a topic they’re passionate about.

We provide the tools for students to get started in finding creative ways to raise awareness, share mental health tips and connect with their peers.

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Keep Your Head is a mental health website for young people, parents/carers, teachers and other professionals. It is a central point for signposting and information on keeping well, self-help and support services.

The website covers a range of issues including stress, bullying, self-harm and what to do in a mental health crisis.

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Get started

Ready to start raising awareness of positive mental health in your school or youth organisation? Download our Stress LESS resources today to get started.



Contact our campaigns team

Call 0300 303 4663


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Real life story

The impact of Stress LESS in several schools, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, was highlighted as part of a conference and celebration event which commended the efforts of Stress LESS Champions.

Real life story

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