NATIONAL ANGER AWARENESS WEEK (1-7 DECEMBER 2019)
National Anger Awareness Week brings awareness to the increase in uncontrolled rage and its contribution to domestic violence, youth crime, prison sentences, classroom disturbances and stress related illnesses.
Timed for the run up to Christmas – one of the most stressful times of the year – National Anger Awareness Week encourages individuals, schools and the workplace to recognise the causes and symptoms of anger and provides information on counselling services and coping strategies aimed at defusing difficult situations and challenging behaviour.
Mike Fisher, Founder of the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) aims to bring awareness to the severity of the problem and the need for services to support sufferers and their families. “National Anger Awareness Week encourages people to think about how anger impacts their lives and find ways to deal with this powerful feeling. In fact, if channelled correctly anger can be a creative rather than a destructive force,” explains Fisher. Now in its nineteenth year, National Anger Awareness Week highlights the issues and offers ‘tools to cool’. “BAAM constantly monitors the causes of anger and we have noticed an increase in rage caused by unavoidable, everyday incidents such as traffic incidents, queue jumping, social media and frustrations with modern technology. We need to find ways to cope and with the media highlighting anger and rage in our leaders and media stars, none of us are immune from experiencing what it feels like to experience this behaviour.” National Anger Awareness Week highlights anger as a social issue that needs to be addressed – creating greater awareness and responsibility for the causes and finding innovative, cost effective ways of preventing incidents associated with uncontrolled rage. The British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) provides free information on National Anger Awareness Week, nationwide anger management courses and other resources aimed at supporting individuals, educators and organisations deal with anger management issues.
Get the free Anger Awareness Week Kit
As part of National Anger Awareness Week the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) presents this innovative KEEP YOUR COOL KIT which can be used by individuals, organisations, families, schools and other groups. This kit consists of anger management activities, as well as tips on handling anger appropriately and calming strategies for defusing difficult situations. Please feel free to email or make copies to pass this on to others.
We would appreciate your participation in National Anger Awareness Week by holding your own Rage Gauge sessions. Whether you are in the office, at school or at home, follow these simple steps to tackle your anger head on!
The Rage Gauge is a simple four-stage process for highlighting anger issues and exploring ways to release this emotion. The Rage Gauge teaches users to express anger and deal with it in appropriate, healthy and positive ways.
Get the free Keep Your Cool This Christmas Kit
Christmas is the most stressful time of the year for many people.
The British Association of Anger Management has collated a plan to help you avoid the stress, and associated anger.
We have looked at both the pre-Christmas preparation period, and Christmas itself.
We have some interesting statistics about how we experience Christmas in the UK.
What the surveys say…
• More than half of all Brits have family disagreements at Christmas.
• A quarter of all adults say their relationships with their partners come under pressure over the period, and an eighth say a festive argument made them want to split up.
• Calls to Relate go up – by 59% over Christmas 2015.
• The average family has their first argument at 9.58am on Christmas Day morning.
Most likely reasons for increased anger are…
• Who’s doing the washing up
• Spending more time with family than usual
• Too much alcohol
• Battles over the TV remote control