Worldwide Day of Play hits the Evangel campus
October 431, 2012 |
Evangel University’s Counseling Center invited students out on September 24 from 4 to 7 p.m., to participate in the Worldwide Day of Play. Even the sun came out to play as students tossed footballs and Frisbees, shot basketballs and enjoyed the inflatables that adorned the Quad. Students could jump against a Velcro wall, fight friends atop a foam platform, go for a spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl or test their strength against other obstacles.
Brian Upton, director of Counseling Services said the activity was a way to help students de-stress and build awareness about the services of the Counseling center. “As most people know, and research supports, play is a significant contributor to mental health,” he says. “We all have our own way of taking a ‘mental health break’ and we’re simply trying to encourage a healthy balance for our students by giving them the opportunity to play.
One sign read: “The opposite of play is not work, it’s depression.” If overwhelmed by stress, students are encouraged to stop by the Counseling Center which is located in the Wellness Center. The Counseling Center offers free counseling services to all enrolled students.