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College Students Promote Mental Health Awareness During National Stress Out Day
Date:4/8/2008

SILVER SPRING, Md., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In two weeks college students will participate in National Stress Out Day, a nationwide effort sponsored by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and Active Minds to provide pre-finals stress relief and educate students about the difference between everyday anxiety and an anxiety disorder or other mental illness.

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses. Forty million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75 percent of them experience their first episode of anxiety by age 22.

National Stress Out Day reminds students to take care of their mental health, an important reminder in light of a recent survey that found 80 percent of college students say they frequently or sometimes experience daily stress. The Associated Press and mtvU survey also found that 34 percent of students have felt depressed at some point in the past three months, 13 percent have been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as an anxiety disorder or depression, and 9 percent have seriously considered suicide in the past year.

National Stress Out Day will be held during the week of April 21-25; each participating campus can choose a specific day. Students will engage in activities aimed to relieve pre-finals stress while reducing the stigma around mental health disorders which can prevent students from seeking treatment.

Additional support for National Stress Out Day is provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Colleges participating in National Stress Out Day

American University Ohio State University

Boston University Our Lady of the Lake University

Bryn Mawr College Regis University

Cal State Chico Sacred Heart University

Cal State Long Beach Simon Fraser University

Cleveland State University Southern Utah University

College of St. Catherine Texas Christian University

Collin College UCLA

Colorado State University University of Colorado - Colorado

Springs

Columbia University University of Florida

Community College of Baltimore

County University of Nebraska - Kearney

Creighton University University of North Carolina -

Greensboro

Dartmouth College University of North Florida

Denison University University of Pennsylvania

Emory University University of Pittsburgh -

Bradford

Georgia Tech University of South Florida

Gettysburg College University of Texas - Brownsville

Grand Valley State University University of Windsor

Lafayette College Western Oregon University

Mercyhurst College Yeshiva University

Northern Illinois University

About the Anxiety Disorders Association of America

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and improving the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders through education and research. ADAA offers free educational information and resources about anxiety disorders, local treatment providers, self-help groups, self-tests, clinical trials, and more. ADAA promotes the message that anxiety disorders are real, serious, and treatable.

About Active Minds

Active Minds, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity headquartered in Washington, D.C., that develops and supports chapters of student organizations that work to promote mental health education and awareness on college campuses across North America. The organization has been featured in national media such as CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Glamour Magazine and has been recognized by national organizations for its innovative and dedicated programming aimed at addressing the stigma that surrounds mental illness among college students. Alison Malmon started the organization after her older brother, a college-aged student, died by suicide in 2000.


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