Stress is one of the biggest public health challenges we in the UK – and around the world – face today, and it’s important that we learn to manage it before it starts affecting our physical health, as stress can affect our immune systems too, making us more prone to physical illnesses including Cancer. And with almost ¾ of UK adults feeling so stressed they cannot cope with everyday life, it’s imperative we get the support needed now!
Through their #choosehope campaign, Stress Awareness Month reiterates the idea that by having hope, we can find a way through our stress. This year, the theme is ‘an invitation to go beyond talk and campaign for taking action and personal responsibility in creating a positive change.‘
We are fortunate here at Great British Speakers that we have a plethora of stress awareness speakers and mental health experts, all of whom are qualified and experienced enough to help you and your employees through stressful periods and help inspire you and your team towards ‘creating a positive change’.
Take a look at our top 10 motivational speakers for Stress Awareness Month speaking engagements this year.
Adah Parris is an award-winning polymath and enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories, encouraging her audiences to become critical thinkers and creative innovators. She encourages new ways of thinking about how technology can impact our identity and how it can have a positive and negative effect on our well-being and identity.
In 2020, Adah was named the Chair for Mental Health First Aid England, an enterprise looking into ways to help improve the nation’s mental health, such as expert guidance and training.
Her keynote talks include how to adopt new technology as a way of improving your sense of self, thus decreasing stress levels and improving overall mental well-being.
Andrew McNeill is a leadership consultant and leads Projects Advisor for the Mindfulness Initiative – the UK Government’s “all-party” mindfulness-based charity. He offers mindfulness training through his company, Lines of Sight Consultancy, to help reduce stress levels and improve performance. Overall, Andrew believes leadership needs to change. With the multiple pressures on teams, from climate change, emerging from the pandemic, global warfare, and the cost of living crisis, he believes that leaders and organisations need to find a way to lower stress levels and increase compassion.
Working with the likes of the UK Government to elite sportspeople to safety experts after the Grenfell fire, Andrew has numerous insights into lowering stress levels and thriving under pressure.
Anis Qizilbash is an experienced salesperson and mindful sales speaker, focussing on ways to stop you from procrastinating, overcoming your fears, and appreciating your value.
Looking into ways that by decreasing stress levels, you can increase productivity, Anis talks about the dangers of absorbing negative news whilst working at home, overcoming adversity in your personal and professional lives, keeping positive when faced with obstacles and managing your mind’s excessive negative chatter.
She is a passionate speaker about managing your stress levels so you can stay productive, build up personal resilience, and restore your mental balance.
You may know Dame Kelly Holmes the athlete, but do you know Dame Kelly Holmes the mental health advocate? During her professional sports career, Kelly was plagued by numerous physical injuries, which led to periods of depression and self-harm, consumed by the pressure of performing at top levels and the stress that brought her.
Her own struggles inspired her to help others, and so she became a trained mental health first aider. She uses her own love for and experience of fitness, alongside her physical and mental health, to explore how vital good mental well-being is in the workplace. In 2019, she launched her own podcast, What do I do?: Mental Health and Me, offering listeners an honest insight into celebrities’ mental health.
Since coming out as gay in 2022, Kelly has also been honest about how hiding her sexuality also heightened her stress levels and dampened her well-being.
Kate Atkin is an inspirational speaker on Imposter Syndrome, stress and mental health in the workplace.
As a child, Kate was very shy at school, often being compared to Bashful from Snow White, and she often felt awkward in social situations. After losing her sister to leukaemia at 23, Kate found a desire to seize life and went on to travel. Upon her return, she found her professional success growing, but unfortunately, so were her imposter feelings.
Wanting to find out more about how she was feeling, she completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and now talks to audiences from all industries about dealing with imposter syndrome, believing in yourself, overcoming adversity, facing stressful situations head-on, and increasing productivity.
Nahla Summers is a cultural change consultant, author, and international speaker on overcoming adversity and coping with stressful situations in the workplace. Her main theory, known as ‘A Culture of Kindness’, looks into how important kindness is at work and how kindness can improve mental well-being, lower stress levels, and increase productivity and profitability.
Nahla has a wealth of experience in improving the way people and businesses think and develop in order to build stronger teams. Her own experience includes cycling 3,000 miles across America, walking 500 miles from the South of England to the North, and travelling 4,500 miles to 20 countries, where she completed 20 kindness challenges. It is through these challenges that she has promoted the idea that kindness can improve mental well-being.
Psychotherapist and author of the globally acclaimed Ten To Zen, Owen O’Kane, has the necessary skills to analyse any mental, emotional, or stress-related issue with the utmost efficiency. Owen believes that a great mind warrants unprecedented improvements in every aspect of daily working life. Listening to him speak will undoubtedly provide you with the tools for a happier, healthier mind.
Owen’s acclaimed keynote talks are based on his Ten to Zen success, which provides a mapped-out plan to help quieten, calm and control the mind. Through his talks, he aims for mental clarity and to help put an end to unhelpful thought patterns. He has condensed a lifetime of experience into an exceptional book and enjoys sharing this with corporate teams through speeches and workshops.
Paul McGee is one of the UK’s leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant bestseller, and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in WHSmith’s business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio, and is a lead speaker in business psychology and development.
Being on Job Seekers Allowance at 21 inspired Sam Jones to build the career he has today. Sam now works with individuals and global brands, often using his unique T.I.M.E. research to help them perform better and feel better.
Predominately aimed at Generation Z – those born roughly between 1997-2012 – Sam has been a personal coach for over 300 clients, including young celebrities, influencers and entrepreneurs.
Sam focuses mainly on the culture of instant-access information on our phones and other devices and how this is affecting our own psychology, stress levels, and physical and mental health, as well as how a fast-paced world can impact our thoughts and feelings.
Suicide first aid trainer Steve Carr experienced several personal challenges, which started with a childhood mugging, witnessing his parents being assaulted and losing his brother in a hit-and-run by the time he was 14. As a result, Steve became addicted to alcohol and drugs. He became cut off from his family, lost his home, his job and his partner, and began living on the street. This culmination of bad experiences led him to attempt suicide three times in just one month.
But Steve managed to overcome this adversity. Speaking to his GP resulted in diagnoses of depression, anxiety, stress, childhood trauma and borderline PTSD. Since his diagnosis, he has since completed a number of challenges, including the 1,000-mile walk from Land’s End and John O’Groats, cycling 1,500 miles through seven European countries in 11 days, running 70 miles from Hungerford to Buckingham Palace, and cycling 350 miles from Liverpool to Land’s End to help raise awareness of mental health concerns.
If you’d like to book any of our motivational Stress Awareness Month Speakers for a Mental Health Awareness Event this year, then please do get in touch. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll happily help to find you the perfect stress awareness month motivational speaker.
Take a look at our Top Ten Speakers for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 15th – 21st) below – all of our Mental Health Speakers are available for events all year around so whatever your event, we’d love to assist you in helping you find the perfect speaker for the occasion.