Social policy aspects of coping with long-term stress

Different societies have different policies to cope with situations of long-term stress. Those are influenced to a large extent, by the social policies of their governments and the availability of social services at the community, the local authority, the regional, the national and the international levels. Those social services may be delivered by the public sector, by the voluntary and/or by the for-profit sectors.

Situations of stress are defined as a physical, mental, or emotional response to events that causes bodily or mental tension. Simply put, stress is any outside force or event that has an effect on our quality of life. For example: poverty; hunger; physical or mental disability; interpersonal and inter-group violence; war and political instability; natural disasters and other communal and/or environmental stressors.

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