Active Minds holds fundraiser for Stress Less Week

Maria Lopez, Online Editor

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As finals week looms in the horizon, Active Minds had a bake sale and opportunity drawing to raise money for its future events on campus, which will help students cope with the stress of nearing the end of the semester.

The bake sale was in front of the library sidewalk on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offered cookies and other baked goods, as well as an opportunity to win either a Best Buy or Target gift-card or Starbucks coffee.

Adrian Gomez, current co-president of Active Minds, said that the proceeds of the bake sale will go into the club’s per-semester “Stress Less Week,” where the club will offer help to students feeling the crunch nearing final exams.

“Networking with the Student Health Services is one way that we try to promote mental health and everything. We are also trying to promote group therapy because of finals week. That’s one reason that we do our Stress Less Week, to alleviate any type of stress that people are feeling,” Gomez said.

Kyle Deckard, also current co-president, was also there at the Bake Sale and said he enjoys participating in the club’s activities. He said that he has taken part in past Stress Less Weeks and enjoys letting students be aware about mental health and the stigma surrounding it.

Gomez said that group therapy is a way that students can get help when they feel overburdened in life.

He said that more students ask for help nearing finals week because that’s when the pressure of finishing the semester mounts up.

He said, “Obviously, during finals week, (stress) just multiplies by 10-fold. That’s one of the reasons why we do Stress Less Week.”

“One of the biggest issues that students have is actually reaching out for support and that’s something that we’re trying to change around campus,” he said.

Gomez said that making a connection with other students helps in not feeling alone and overwhelmed.

Finals week will begin on Dec. 15 and will run until Dec. 19.

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