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A stress relief day will be open to the public March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Campus Center Courtyard.

The free event will provide a fun way for students, faculty and staff to destress during midterms and support the mental health culture on campus. Mental health organizations and the university’s student services will present interactive exhibits that highlight the significance of mental health and educate people on the Five Signs of Mental Suffering.

The Campaign to Change Direction, an initiative to change the culture of mental health issues, created the Five Signs to help determine mental suffering: change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care and hopelessness.

“I feel that the event is important because the Five Signs are emotions that students feel daily, but are not aware of how to detect and properly deal with it,” said Cara Cooksey, a member of the UH Mānoa Bateman Team hosting the event. “This would provide them the opportunity to improve their knowledge, make them aware that they are not alone when feeling like this, and connect them with mental health professionals and services that can further help them in the future in an inviting and relaxing way.”

This event is part of the UH Mānoa Bateman Team campaign, Sharing Stories, Connecting Minds to create a mutually supportive environment on campus to manage emotional pain and suffering together between students, faculty and staff. The team is participating in the annual Bateman Case Study Competition held by the Public Relations Student Society of America partnered with the Campaign to Change Direction.

The goal of Sharing Stories, Connecting Minds campaign is to raise awareness of the Five Signs, inform students and faculty about the mental health services available to them and create a supportive and interactive online conversations about mental health on the UH Mānoa campus through social media channels.

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