Signs of Stress (SOS)

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Monday, October 3 – Friday, October 14

Nearly one in every five people, or 42.5 million American adults, has a diagnosable mental health condition. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America -nearly 80% of college students frequently or sometimes experience daily stress.

Often our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even family members are suffering emotionally and don’t recognize the symptoms or won’t ask for help. This is why knowing the signs of stress are so important for every Deacon student, faculty, and staff member.


Wake Forest University has partnered on a national campaign to promote mental health awareness.

You may need to seek support if you notice any of the following:

1. Agitation: uncharacteristically angry, anxious, agitated or moody

2. Hopelessness: seems overcome with hopelessness or overwhelmed by their circumstances

3. Withdrawal: isolate themselves from other people

4. Personality change: sudden or gradual change of the way someone behaves

5. Self-neglect: stop taking care of themselves or engage in risky behavior


Join the Office of Wellbeing & the University Counseling Center
For free, private mental health screenings

Stress Relief Activities:

Monday, October 10: “One Screen for Ice Cream” Manchester, 12pm- 2pm
Get a brief mental health screening for a cup of ice cream!

Tuesday, October 11: “Physical Distress” Manchester Plaza, 12pm- 2pm
Inflatable fun and enjoy a sweet or buttery popcorn treat!

Wednesday, October 12: “Art Therapy” Manchester,12pm-2pm
Create an original art masterpiece and have a cup of ice cream!

Thursday, October 13:  “Comfort Friends” Davis Field, 12pm- 2pm
Come pet small farm animals and enjoy a sweet or buttery popcorn treat!

Friday, October 14: “Pulse Pause” Manchester Plaza, 12pm-2pm
Chair massage and ice cream!