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These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help:

  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life.
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  • Becoming unable to care for yourself, and it’s putting you at risk of serious harm.
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose.
  • Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol).

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Stress Self-check

This is a screening tool designed to help identify experiences related to stress. It does not consider all possible experiences or the reasons why a person might be experiencing them. This tool is not designed to provide a diagnosis. Only a professional can make a diagnosis.

Please read each statement and select a description that indicates how much the statement applied to you over the past week. There are no right or wrong answers. Do not spend too much time on any statement.

We will not share your answers or any information about you with anyone. Please see our privacy policy for more information.

Lovibond, S.H. & Lovibond, P.R. (1995). Manual for the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales. (2nd Ed.) Sydney: Psychology Foundation. ISBN 7334-1423-0.T

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I identify as
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How old are you?
12 or younger
13-15
16-18
19-25
26-30
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Over the past week...I found it hard to wind down
Did not apply to me at all
Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time
Applied to me a considerable degree, or a good part of time
Applied to me very much, or most of the time
Over the past week...I tended to over-react to situations
Did not apply to me at all
Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time
Applied to me a considerable degree, or a good part of time
Applied to me very much, or most of the time
Over the past week...I felt that I was using a lot of nervous energy
Did not apply to me at all
Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time
Applied to me a considerable degree, or a good part of time
Applied to me very much, or most of the time
Over the past week...I found myself getting agitated
Did not apply to me at all
Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time
Applied to me a considerable degree, or a good part of time
Applied to me very much, or most of the time
Over the past week...I found it difficult to relax
Did not apply to me at all
Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time
Applied to me a considerable degree, or a good part of time
Applied to me very much, or most of the time
Over the past week...I was intolerant of anything that kept me from getting on with what I was doing
Did not apply to me at all
Applied to me to some degree, or some of the time
Applied to me a considerable degree, or a good part of time
Applied to me very much, or most of the time
Over the past week...I felt that I was rather touchy
Did not apply to me at all
Applied to me to some degree, or Applied to me to some degree, or some of the timesome of the time
Applied to me a considerable degree, or a good part of time
Applied to me very much, or most of the time
I am taking this test
To learn about myself
For fun; just playing around
Professional interest
To try and understand somebody else
Have you received mental health care from a professional in the past year?
No
Yes

Your results

Your answers suggest few or no stress symptoms in the past week. It is likely you already have some good ways to handle stress.

What you should know

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Stress is something that always happens when we encounter any challenges. Some stress is actually good – like when you’re getting psyched up to play a sport. But too much stress gets in the way of doing well.

It is important to learn how to deal with stress so it doesn’t create problems.

There are three main ways of dealing with stress:

  • Using good problem solving strategies
  • Changing the way you think about the situation
  • Decreasing your physical tension

There are lots of specific strategies to handle stress but some may be harmful in the long term (such as avoiding important things). Many of the ways to deal with stress are also good for anxiety since they are closely related.

What you can do

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Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. Learning more about stress and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life.

  2. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing stress.

Your answers suggest slightly higher than average stress symptoms over the past week. It may be that the situation causing you stress is pretty challenging or has been going on for a long time. You probably already have some good ways to handle stress but you may benefit from learning about other ways.

What you should know

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Stress is something that always happens when we encounter any challenges. Some stress is actually good – like when you’re getting psyched up to play a sport. But too much stress gets in the way of doing well.

It is important to learn how to deal with stress so it doesn’t create problems.

There are three main ways of dealing with stress:

  • Using good problem solving strategies
  • Changing the way you think about the situation
  • Decreasing your physical tension

There are lots of specific strategies to handle stress but some may be harmful in the long term (such as avoiding important things). Many of the ways to deal with stress are also good for anxiety since they are closely related.

What you can do

add

Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing stress.

  2. Learning more about stress and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life.

  3. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

Your answers suggest significant stress symptoms over the past week. At this level, stress may start to interfere with your ability to function at school or work. It may be affecting your relationships with family and friends. It can also affect your health – you may be experiencing a lot of tension, headaches or sleeping poorly. There are a lot of coping strategies that can help manage this level of stress.

What you should know

add

Stress is something that always happens when we encounter any challenges. Some stress is actually good – like when you’re getting psyched up to play a sport. But too much stress gets in the way of doing well.

It is important to learn how to deal with stress so it doesn’t create problems.

There are three main ways of dealing with stress:

  • Using good problem solving strategies
  • Changing the way you think about the situation
  • Decreasing your physical tension

There are lots of specific strategies to handle stress but some may be harmful in the long term (such as avoiding important things). Many of the ways to deal with stress are also good for anxiety since they are closely related.

What you can do

add

Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing stress.

  2. Learning more about stress and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life.

  3. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

Your answers suggest you are experiencing many different stress symptoms and they may be intense. High levels of stress often are tied to very demanding times or events in your life. At this level, stress may be getting in the way of your school, work, or relationships with family and friends. It can also affect your health – you may be experiencing a lot of tension, headaches or sleeping poorly.

People experiencing high levels of stress often don’t need professional treatment but often could benefit from some support from others to get back on track. Using good stress management techniques can also really help.

What you should know

add

Stress is something that always happens when we encounter any challenges. Some stress is actually good – like when you’re getting psyched up to play a sport. But too much stress gets in the way of doing well.

It is important to learn how to deal with stress so it doesn’t create problems.

There are three main ways of dealing with stress:

  • Using good problem solving strategies
  • Changing the way you think about the situation
  • Decreasing your physical tension

There are lots of specific strategies to handle stress but some may be harmful in the long term (such as avoiding important things). Many of the ways to deal with stress are also good for anxiety since they are closely related.

What you can do

add

Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

  2. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing stress.

  3. Learning more about stress and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life.