For release: April 6, 2009
For press information, contact Brandy Hunter, 901-351-4734
Cramming for finals is practically inevitable. Even if you’ve gone to class and taken
notes, you haven’t exactly been studying the material every weekend. Your heart starts
pounding just thinking about essay questions. You worry that you’ll get sick from
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your grades,
which is why the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and Active Minds Inc., with
support from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, are sponsoring National Stress
Øut Day. Active Minds at the U of M will hold a Study Break Oasis on Thursday, April 16, from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Panhellenic Building to provide pre-finals stress relief and educate students about the difference between
everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder or other mental illness. Free massages,
refreshments and door prizes also will be provided.
The U of M event will also feature a workshop on relaxation techniques conducted by
Dr. Yolanda Harper, assistant vice president for student development, and an interactive
Mandala presentation given by AmeriCorps’ Project TLC. Stress relief information
and activities will be provided throughout the day by other participating organizations,
including the Counseling Center, Memphis STEPS (Suicide Prevention, Training, Education,
and Prevention Services) and the Student Health Center.
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses.
Forty million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75 percent of them
experience their first episode of anxiety by age 22. National Stress Øut Day is even
more important in light of a 2008 survey that found that 80 percent of college students
say they frequently or sometimes experience stress.
The Associated Press and mtvU survey also found that three percent of students have
felt depressed at some point during the past three months, 13 percent have been diagnosed
with a mental health condition such as an anxiety disorder or depression, and nine
percent have seriously considered suicide in the past year.
For more information about Stress Øut Day or about anxiety disorders, call Brandy
Hunter at 901-351-4734, Lauren Pauer at 240-485-1018, or Alison Malmon at 202-332-9595,