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Marquette University highlights stress, mental health during finals week

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Posted at 12:44 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 19:42:47-04

MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University is hosting a number of events to help students relax and decompress as the semester comes to a close.

“I am currently really stressed. This is weird though. I feel like I’ve been doing this forever,” Caroline Breidenbach said.

Breidenbach is a senior at Marquette University studying civil engineering.

She has four exams left and a long day ahead, but she’s keeping her mental health in mind, taking a break —courtesy of the school.

“Marquette does so much to make finals a little less stressful,” Breidenbach said.

Mike Zebrowski, director of the university’s counseling center, said these events across campus help students keep calm during a stressful week in May —a month when mental health awareness is heightened.

“Students are probably running on empty right now. They’ve been up late, they’ve been doing a lot of work,” Zebrowski said.

Too much stress can often lead to depression —the 3rd most common cause of hospitalizations in the states for people 18 - 44, according to the CDC.

Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others.

“Mental health awareness should be considered the same way as medical awareness so if you’re feeling stressed or anxious or depressed you should come and see a counselor just like you would see a medical doctor,” Zebrowski said.