Signs of Stress (SOS)

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. Furthermore, 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. The SOS Campaign aims to support the campus community through fun events and mental health screenings from the University Counseling Center.

Know the 5 Signs of Stress:

  • Agitation: uncharacteristically angry, anxious, agitated or moody
  • Hopelessness: seems overcome with hopelessness or overwhelmed by their circumstances
  • Withdrawal: isolate themselves from other people
  • Personality change: sudden or gradual change of the way someone behaves
  • Self-neglect: stop taking care of themselves or engage in risky behavior


Tips for Managing Stress:

  • Get enough rest! Sleep can help reduce the effects of stress.
  • Nourish your body. Eating well and drinking plenty of water can help with overall health and wellbeing.
  • Get active! Physical activity can improve your mood, enhance concentration, and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
  • Find your zen. Try calming activities like meditation, relaxation techniques, or yoga.
  • Set goals and priorities. Determine what needs to be accomplished, and what can wait. Learn to say no if you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Gain support. Accepting help from friends and family can improve your ability to manage stress. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by stress, schedule a visit with a counselor for additional help and support.

Click on one of the tools below to develop healthy stress management strategies!