Ohio State students offered ‘recess’ from stress

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The Ohio State University held a recess event in the middle of the Ohio Union on Wednesday where college students could go to take a break and focus on their mental health.

Hundreds of students attended the event that was organized by the Office of Student Life. It is one of many events leading up to OSU’s homecoming this weekend.

Students participated in activities like painting, games and board breaking, one of the student favorites.

“I just took my mid-term for this chemistry class and there’s been a lot of stresses building up and even now I still don’t have my results so when I hit that board it kind of just released it. And that’s where I put all my energy into and now it’s like a pressure off me because I found a place to exert it,” said Mona Khalafi, an OSU student said.

Denise Deschenes taught the students how to break the boards.

“This helps students because breaking through a board is very exciting. It releases a lot of adrenaline and it’s something that students think they can’t do. They think when they see someone break a board, it’s a trick, but it’s really not. So we set it up as a goal — achieving or breaking through a barrier exercise. And they think of a goal they want to achieve in a semester and if they follow directions they can break the board and it’s just very powerful, feeling very exciting.”

All of the activities centered on student mental health.

OSU student, Chiaothong Yong, said the event was part of National Mental Health Awareness, which is observed annually in October.

“Part of the day we want students to come out, take a break like back in school, you know take a recess between classes and midterms to distress,” Chiaothong Yong said.

Jacob Wogan, a student at OSU studying education, said he enjoyed participating in Wednesday’s events.

“I came out here today because we just got back from history class and we looked around and it looked really fun. …We saw it was a mental illness, mental wellness thing and we think it’s going to be good because we finally get the stress off of us and we look around we see bubbles and food and balloons,” Wogan said.

Therapy dogs were on site along with sand boxes. Students got together and took their minds off of current stresses and had fun.

“It’s important to focus on your schoolwork, too. But at the same time all of that takes away time from your mental health. It’s more of a reminder: Watch out for yourself, too while you’re still here,” Khalafi said.

Wednesday’s event was put together by the Office of Student Life – this is just one of many events taking place leading up to OSU’s homecoming this weekend.

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