In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe conducted a study with over 5,000 patients on the connection between significant life events and illness. The resulting chart – known as the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale – which contained 43 causes of stress in 1967, was updated to 55 causes in 2006. It appears we are finding more ways of feeling stressed!
Not far from the top of the list are finances, work, family, personal concerns, relationships, and death – issues that many people face, regardless of how secure they may appear. Who Care’s survey, whilst not scientific, has provided an updated view of the issues that cause stress, anxiety and hopelessness.
Churches in parts of Hampshire and Suffolk undertook surveys during late 2017 and their findings can be found elsewhere on this site