‘Keep Calm and Stress Less’ aims to teach students how to navigate their anxiety

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Many American college students often feel overwhelmed with stress and anxiety.

According to the Future of Personal Health, 40 to 60 percent of college students suffer from anxiety and feel it interferes with their ability to learn and feel confident. TCU’s student body is no exception.

“Anxiety is the number one presenting concern that we see at our Counseling Center throughout the academic year,” Lindy Lotz, a psychologist at the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center, said.

With this in mind, the center is putting on the Keep Calm and Stress Less in order to bring awareness to the issue of anxiety and to help students realize they are not alone in their struggles.

“This workshop was initiated at another university and we saw the benefits of implementing this workshop at our Counseling Center,” Lotz said.

The two-session anxiety management workshop will teach students about navigating their anxiety through conversation among psychologists and fellow students.

Sophomore Olivia Moody said anxiety can be a hard thing for college students and oftentimes goes unnoticed.

“The first step to fixing this problem is acknowledging it and I am grateful the center was there when I needed it,” Moody said.

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, students who attend these sessions will find tools in order to help them handle the anxiety that comes along with final exams.

“This is important to work towards reducing stigma and normalizing anxiety and other mental health concerns and hopefully students will be more open to seeking help to improve their overall well-being,” Lotz said.

The sessions will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. April 16 and 23 at the Counseling and Mental Health Center under Samuelson Hall. There is a maximum of 12 students per session. If students would like to attend, email l.lotz@tcu.edu by April 11 to reserve a spot.