active minds volunteers

Photo of Levi Bourke and Bernice Phillips by Cassie LeBel

By Spencer Ames

From April 16-18 the Cape Cod Community College Active Minds Club held an event entitled ‘Less Stress Week’ in which students good gather for daily events such as offering free bagged lunches, an ice-cream social as well as a sponsored event by the ALANA club who provided students with a variety of sweets to try from a selection of different cultures. This week also offered up therapeutic techniques that included coloring, worry dolls and even rock painting for students who wished to decorate a rock with a nice message to leave for their peers.

“Yesterday was a really good day,” said the Active Minds club advisor Maura Weir, in reference to the Ice-Cream Social, which was held on Wednesday, April 17. “I watched people reach out and connect to other people and it was great to see students sharing their stories of stress and anxiety and being able to relax and enjoy each other’s company.”

By hosting this week-long event in which students are openly discussing their struggles with stress and mental health, the Active Minds club hopes to end the stigma surrounding seeking help for these issues.

“The biggest thing is not how we experience stress,” expressed Weir. “It’s how we cope with it that matters.”

The Active Minds Club meets Wednesday’s at 2 PM in the MM Wilkens Building, South, Room 106.