Aids for De-Stressing Students

December 10, 2015
Gold Gopher puts a hand out to pet the head of Woodstock the therapy chicken.

’Tis the season—as college students know all too well—when workloads increase, the days grow too short, and stress levels mount.

The University of Minnesota is keenly aware of these challenges, and offers students a broad range of support services, from expanded library hours and online health tools to formal counseling appointments and informal sessions with lovable dogs—and a famous therapy chicken. If you feel your stress levels rising or are having significant mental health concerns, please take advantage of any of these seven resources! 

• The Student Mental Health website has phone numbers and contact information for many mental health–related centers around campus, as well as specific resources for individual needs.

• Boynton Health Service’s Mental Health Clinic has a team of psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, and licensed independent clinical social workers provide a variety of counseling options.

Student Counseling Services offers services addressing mental health, learning and academic-skills challenges, and career uncertainty.

• The U’s PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress) program is a growing favorite with students. Weekly sessions feature registered therapy animals including dogs, Woodstock the chicken, and other domestic animals like cats and rabbits.

• You can learn about stress mastery via the Center for Spirituality & Healing’s “Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing” website.

University Libraries will offer "distraction-free" studying for finals that includes extended hours in our buildings, as well as stress-reducing activities.

• Also, just in time for finals, here are two U of M student-designed coloring sheets for students to enjoy between study sessions.