Stress is a normal response to change and actually can help us at times. The key is not to try to remove stress from your life but to learn an appropriate level of stress and the skills to manage that stress in your daily life.
To can be difficult to recognize what is an appropriate, healthy level of stress. Ask yourself these questions to determine if your level of stress is appropriate or should be managed through other resources. Make an appointment if you are feeling too much stress.
- Is your response to current challenges consistent with your typical response to stress?
- How much are stressful emotions interfering with life (for example, going to classes, socializing, taking care of yourself)?
- How long-lasting and chronic are your negative feelings?
- Are you repeating the same or worsening negative thoughts and fears?
- Are you connecting to people on campus (not just friends from home or other virtual connections)?
- Are you taking realistic and productive steps to limit stress?
- Are you using unhelpful coping behaviors such as drinking alcohol excessively or using illegal drugs? — This can be a sign of self-medicating.
- Are you in avoidance mode, not dealing with reality, or maybe covering up the truth? Simple routines make a significant difference. Try to get “back to the basics.” Sleep and eat in ways that are healthy for you.
Each semester prior to mid-terms and finals we offer the Destress Fest with resources for students to take a break from studying and unwind with some fun and relaxing activities. The De-Stress Fest events differ slightly each time but normally include the following:
- Information on stress, relieving stress and test anxiety
- Tips and strategies to manage stress in different ways
- Relaxation techniques
- Chair massages
- Activities: crafts, games, adult coloring books
- Therapy dogs
- Food and refreshments
Every week we offer, Paws and Relax, designed to give students a short break from classes during the lunch hour. This program offers a variety of stress relief activities, including therapy dogs, coloring pages, make your own stress ball or aromatherapy sock, healthy snacks and more.
Fresh Check Day is the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), brought to Denison by the Wellness Center to bring awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to campus. Fresh Check Day helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources and programs that exist on campus, in the community, and on a national level. Using a peer-to-peer messaging model, Fresh Check Day partners with student groups in addition to college/university staff to develop and execute interactive booths that deliver mental health and resource information in a fun and engaging way.
It is a celebratory fair-like event that includes:
- Interactive expo booths
- Peer-to-peer messaging
- Support of multiple campus departments and groups
- Free food and Entertainment
- Exciting prizes and giveaways
The program aims to:
- Increase awareness of mental health resources and services available to students
- Reduce stigma and misconceptions around mental health and suicide that often deter individuals from seeking help.
- Empower peers to be gatekeepers by understanding warning signs and knowing what to do if a friend is exhibiting signs of suicide or a mental health concern.
- Increase willingness to ask for help if experiencing emotional distress.
- Students can access resources, including specific concern topics, via my.denison.edu
- In a mental health emergency, you may call The Wellness Center at Whisler Hall at 740-587-6200, or use the online resources below:
Please call 740-587-6200 and press #1 to schedule an appointment with a member of our medical or behavioral staff
*Given demand for student appointments, we ask that you cancel any appointment you are unable to attend.
Counseling “Walk-in Hour”:
No appointment necessary
Monday through Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: