Take our Stress Test
“HeadsUpGuys has made me realize I need to talk and reach out.” – Age 21, UK
We all feel stress, but we seldom take the time to sit down and really sort our shit out.
Our Stress Test includes questions about common stressors that can impact our mental health and lead or contribute to depression – so you can better understand and prioritize what to work on.
Stress can come from many sources, including our:
- Physical environments
- Family, social, or romantic relationships
- Illness or injuries
- Past traumatic events
- Major life events or transitions
Even exciting and joyful events can be significant sources of stress, especially if they are challenging (like starting a new job, moving to a new place, or having a child).
Slowing down to take a more methodical look at your sources of stress and how much they are impacting you can give you a better idea of what to work on, and in what order. Our Stress Test may also help uncover stressors from your past that you still need to address in order to move forward.
Unmanaged and ongoing stress is a real issue that can have serious effects on our physical and mental health. The negative impact of stress isn’t necessarily cumulative – sometimes even small stressors can feel overwhelming. This is a serious warning sign that it’s time to seek professional support, as this level of stress can lead to depression or make depression more difficult to fight.
It’s important not only to identify the stressors in our lives, but to also then take steps to manage and reduce them.
What to do with my results?
After you submit the Stress Test, you will be provided with a list of your stressors, ordered by how unmanageable they are.
For each stressor, try to ask yourself:
- Is this something I can control, or is it out of my hands?
- Are there actionable steps I can take to address it?
- Who can I talk to about it?
Print or save your Stress Test results to kick-start a conversation with a doctor or therapist about how to get better support and build new skills for managing the stressors in your life.
As a leading global resource on men’s health, HeadsUpGuys regularly conducts research to better understand issues that impact men’s mental health. In partnership with The University of British Columbia, HeadsUpGuys is currently researching stress issues among men.
You have the option of including your Stress Test responses in our research, which will be recorded and grouped together with responses from other participants to be analysed and reported in our future research reports, academic papers and/or at conferences. We will not ask for information that can personally identify you.
HeadsUpGuys asks about gender to help us better understand our visitors, learn more about men's mental health, and inform the creation of future content.
To help you prioritize which stressors to work on, we’ve ordered them here by how unmanageble they are. This overview lets you know how each stressor is affecting your life, and can help you decide which need the most attention.
We highly encourage you to save/print your responses to help track your progress or to bring to your doctor or specialists
Come back and track your progress
- The Stress Test can be used as a tool to track your progress and monitor how different stressors are affecting you.
The Stress Test is a proprietary tool created by HeadsUpGuys. It is not a screening tool for depression or anxiety, and is not meant to provide a diagnosis.
The Stress Test is designed to give you a general indication of how you are doing, and what areas of your life may need working on.
The Stress Test is anonymous and no personally identifying information is required. It includes an opt-in demographic section that helps inform our understanding of our visitors and the development of our content.
Contact information for our email newsletter (if you choose to opt-in) and your Stress Test responses are stored separately. See our terms, privacy, and conditions for more information.