De Montfort University launches #DeStressU campaign
By Harry Rogers
De Montfort University (DMU) has today (March 6) launched its #DeStressU campaign to provide support for students who are feeling the strains of student life.
The campaign is a week-long series of events which are open to all students who need a break from revision and work.
Vice President of Welfare and Community and head of #DeStressU, Keira Rounsley said: “I’ve been a student myself, so we understand how stressed students get.
“With the library open 24/7, you can be studying all night, so I want to make sure that students take that me time even if they have got deadlines. I want them to understand how important it is to have that time.”
There will be a wishing tree throughout the week in the campus centre building where ten lucky students will have their wishes granted at the end of the week.
Free fruit and bottles of water will be handed out to students in the library at various times in the week and there will also be an opportunity to create their very own stress ball.
Miss Rounsley added: “We’ve got the big night in on Thursday where students can bring their duvets. We’ve got films, games and free popcorn to take that time away from a desk.”
A report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England found a rapid increase in the number of students who seek counselling due to stress and anxiety.
Miss Rounsley said: “I am hoping (by the end of the week) that there is more of an awareness around the support services but also things that students can do for themselves.
“People can feel really stressed and feel like they need counselling but maybe they just need to get a bit active and get those happy endorphins flowing.”