Digital Original: Student hosts campus “De-Stress Fest” to bring awareness to mental health

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tense shoulders, feeling overwhelmed, fatigued or maybe just upset. 

These are all symptoms of stress.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Student Wellness Program hosted a  “De-Stress Fest” on Wednesday. The event aimed to help students de-stress in time for final exams.

Brandon Cross, a student at UALR and Health and Wellness President, says he felt it was important to put on this event. 

“I knew I wanted to do something to help others like me that suffer from anxiety,” says Cross. 

Cross suffers from anxiety and depression. That coupled with his day-to-day activities tends to induce other symptoms like PTSD, panic disorder, Bipolar disorder, OCD, and social anxiety. 

“Mental health in college is so important,” explains Cross. “It’s one of the things that causes suicide or a decay in life.” 

The portion of the De-Stress Fest was paid by the school, but Cross also spent personal funds. 

“I really wanted this event to be successful,” says Cross. “To show my campus someone out there cares about you.” 

The event allowed students the opportunity to pet comfort dogs, relax in the massage chair, do art and other relaxation activities.

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