National Stress Øut Day

National Stress Out Day

April 14-20, 2013

National Stress Øut Day provides pre-finals stress relief to college students while educating them about anxiety disorders, one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses.

Held each year in the spring, National Stress Øut Day is held in collaboration with Active Minds, and is cosponsored by Beyond OCD with support from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

About National Stress Øut Day

On National Stress Øut Day, students organize campus-wide activities that aim to relieve pre-finals stress, remind students to take care of themselves mentally and physically, and reduce the stigma around mental health disorders, which prevents some students from seeking treatment.

Some popular anti-stress activities include the following:

  • Screamfest: Let out one unified tension-breaking scream prior to finals.
  • Exam Oasis: Make your own stress balls, play games, and get a massage.
  • Recess: Play kickball or jump rope and re-experience your stress-free childhood.

Get a full list of activities.

In addition, participating colleges receive educational materials and resources from each organization. 

How to get involved

Find out if your college campus has an Active Minds chapter. If not, start your own chapter to participate in National Stress Øut Day, increase awareness of mental health issues on your campus, and encourage fellow students to seek help as soon as it is needed.

Active Minds provides its members with all the information and resources they need to run National Stress Øut Day. Don’t forget to sign in as an active chapter to have access to everything you need. Join the chapter discussion forum to brainstorm ideas with students from across the country.

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