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04 November 2014

Its National Stress Awareness Day tomorrow (Wednesday 5 November) and Aberystwyth University is set to hold a well-being trail on Penglais and Llanbadarn Campuses which will include activities such as a free swimming and sauna session as well as stress busting tips for staff and students.

The trail encompasses a host of venues on Campus including the Student Wellness Centre, Hugh Owen Library, Student Support Services, Sport Centre, TaMed Da, the Arts Centre and the Student Union.

Each venue will offer something different such as a nature and garden walk around campus held by the Student Union, a basic dyslexia screening test at the Student Welcome Centre to a special menu at TaMed Da to showcase foods that help relieve stress.

The Sports Centre is also offering a free class to individuals who come along with a current member, an offer which is available from the 5-12 November. A full list of classes can be found here.

Anna Newbold, a Graduate Trainee working in the Human Resources department that has a responsibility to help promote health and wellbeing across the university, has been coordinating this event.

She explains, “Stress is something that almost everyone will experience at some point during their lives, staff and students alike. In fact the NHS state that one in four people in the UK will suffer from mental health issues at some point during their lifetime.

“Stress can cause a wide range of long term issues and illnesses and so I believe it is important to identify and help those suffering with stress as quickly as possible.

“Often, people do not realise they are suffering from stress. This day has been created to help people identify the signs and symptoms, along with combat stress, and it is fantastic that Aberystwyth University can be part of it.

“During the day, representatives from Time to Change Wales will also be on hand at the Student Union providing information on lowering the stigma attached to mental health issues.”

A full list of activities planned throughout the day can be found here.