Oakwood students try to help others cope with stress in healthier ways

They hosted a block party Thursday to raise awareness about mental health.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 3:02 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2021 7:07 PM

Two women at Oakwood University are changing the way students deal with stress.

Briana Brooks and Kristen Reid want their classmates to drop vaping and instead turn to exercise, outdoor activities and their fellow students for help coping with stress. They hosted a block party Thursday with local businesses on campus to show alternative ways to relax.

They also installed a Friendship Bench on campus as a safe place for people to talk about how they're feeling.

"This bench will be used on campus as a beckoning call for students who are having a bad day," Brooks said. "... They can sit on the bench and administration, faculty, other students can come to the bench and talk to them, give them a hug."

The girls are ambassadors for the public health campaign, Truth. The leadership program empowers young people to engage in their community and educate their peers on tobacco and vaping use.

Truth came from Washington, D.C., to help with Thursday's event.

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