The International Stress Management Association created International Stress Awareness Week to raise awareness of stress management and campaign against the stigma associated with mental health issues. This Stress Awareness Week, we’re highlighting some of the features of our Pressure Points programme, which is designed to support students through the stresses of university life.
Easing the Pressure Off
Stress can strike at any moment, and Pressure Points understands this. The programme features descriptions of different grounding techniques that students can use to calm anxiety and stress in the short term. These techniques offer immediate relief and can be incredibly effective during high-pressure situations.
Turning Understanding into Action
It is crucial to understand the sources of stress and how personal habits contribute to it. Pressure Points offers practical exercises that guide students in evaluating their current lifestyle. These exercises encourage self-awareness and help students identify areas where they can make positive changes to reduce stress and improve their wellbeing.
From here, students can turn understanding into action with the guided ‘action plans.’ These plans help students set meaningful habits, goals, and intentions for themselves. By taking proactive steps toward better mental health, students are more likely to succeed academically and personally.
A Shared Perspective
One of the most compelling aspects of Pressure Points is the inclusion of real student perspectives. The ‘Students Say’ button allows students to hear their peers’ genuine experiences and stories. These interviews provide a unique and relatable insight into how students deal with stress and what strategies have worked for them. By sharing their challenges and successes, students can inspire and support each other, fostering a sense of unity and understanding.
Inclusivity and Accessibility
The concept of online mental health provisions can sometimes spark controversy, as there are concerns that it may be seen as a mere checkbox requirement. It’s important to emphasise that Pressure Points is designed as a supplementary tool rather than a comprehensive solution.
However, it’s worth noting that introducing online mental health support allows universities to establish a foundational wellbeing programme that is universally accessible. This is particularly significant for students who might be hesitant to seek in-person assistance, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the resources and support available, irrespective of their personal circumstances or reservations.
In the world of stress management and mental health, resources are invaluable. Pressure Points provides students with a treasure trove of useful links to additional resources, which can be tailored to your institution’s particular resources. Whether it’s articles, videos, or professional services, students can access the information they need to support their wellbeing and mental health.
In the spirit of Stress Awareness Week, it’s crucial to prioritise students’ wellbeing and mental health. Epigeum’s Pressure Points promotes stress awareness and equips students with the tools to manage this stress effectively. This supports the wider university community and faculty by freeing up resources for in-person initiatives and students in crisis. To learn more about the course and how it can support your institution’s students and staff, visit the course page below.