In a revealing feature on the BBC News Website this week, the distressing story of Lara Cox, a 33-year-old solicitor from Porthcawl, Bridgend County, was brought to light, illustrating the severe consequences of workplace stress and burnout.

Ms Cox, driven to a dependency on strong painkillers to manage her overwhelming stress, represents a growing concern in today's fast-paced work environments. At her nadir, Ms Cox consumed up to 12 codeine tablets daily, a stark indication of the physical and emotional toll that unchecked work stress can exact on individuals.

The World Health Organization identifies burnout as a state of chronic workplace stress characterized by emotional and physical exhaustion. Ms Cox's ordeal underscores the urgent need for addressing work-related stress, a phenomenon that has seen an alarming rise in individuals resorting to substance use as a coping mechanism. Her story is a call to action for a societal shift in how work stress is managed and perceived.

In response to this escalating issue, AMHWAL Academy has stepped forward with a timely initiative for AGCC members. It is offering a complimentary 30-minute "Lunch and Learn" session, led by the best-selling author and psychologist, Anurag Rai MBPsS. Mr Rai, known for his insightful approaches to mental wellness, will share effective strategies for managing work-related stress. This session promises to equip participants with practical tools to navigate the complexities of modern work pressures, aiming to foster healthier, more resilient professional environments. Mr Rai's expertise and the Academy's commitment to mental well-being spotlight a proactive step towards mitigating the impacts of work stress, offering help and support for those struggling like Ms Cox.

To claim a complimentary session visit or send an email to

AMHWAL Academy is one of the leading training providers in Scotland for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Leadership Development. Our trainings are fun, practical, and transformational. We combine the elements of neuroscience, psychology, and executive coaching to enable and empower trainees to change behaviours and personalities.


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