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Byline: ELIS SANDFORD News Reporter elis.sandford@reachplc.com

COVENTRY is the least stressed place in the West Midlands - according to a study which used Twitter to monitor stress levels.

Research looking at how often people across the UK Tweeted about stress, frustration and anxiety revealed that compared to its neighbouring towns and cities, Coventry is less stressed in comparison.

However, the margin between most stressed and least stressed is fairly tight, with most stressed location Birmingham just one percentage more stressed than least stressed Coventry.

The research, carried out by Babylon Health analysed over five million Tweets over a twoweek period.

Using a tool called TensiStrength, the stress levels in Tweets were analysed on a scale of one (no stress) to five (very highly stressed), based on the classification of words related to stress, frustration, anxiety, anger and negativity.

TensiStrength was developed by Mike Thelwall, Professor of IT at Wolverhampton University.

Of the Tweets studied, 8.65 percent of the Tweets in Coventry showed an indicator of stress. Birmingham, the most stressed area had a percentage of 9.45 - the most stressed in the area.

Unfortunately, there is no specific percentages for towns in Warwickshire, but overall, Tweets in the county were 8.14 percent stressed.

Nationwide, Hemel Hempstead was the most stressed area, with 13.8 percent stress levels.

Oxford was the least stressed, with just 6.2 percent stress levels.

West Midlands stress levels in full Birmingham - 9.45 per cent Sutton Coldfield - 9.25 per cent Wolverhampton - 9.12 per cent West Bromwich - 8.87 per cent Solihull - 8.68 per cent Coventry - 8.65 per cent A 2018 study by YouGov, in association with Mental Health Foundation, revealed that over 12 months, 74 per cent of people have felt so stressed they have beenoverwhelmed or unable to cope.

In the same study, 36 per cent of all adults who reported stress cited either their own or a friend/ relative's long-term health condition as a factor.

Followed by22 per cent of people citing debt as a stressor. Similarly, HSE 's recent study revealed that595,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2017/18, resulting in 15.4 million working days lost.

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Date:Feb 28, 2019
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