Best to de-stress

Erika Rich

Therapy dogs, massage tables and stress balls filled the porch of the Flawn Academic Center on Wednesday to help stressed-out students relax as part of the 14th-annual Stressfest.

The Counseling and Mental Health Center hosted the event, and other organizations, including RecSports and the Gender and Sexuality Center, attended to help teach students about the stress-management resources available on campus as finals approach.

“It is a good time to get the message out there that people have somewhere to go to and talk about things when they start feeling overwhelmed,” said Asad Kirmani, a psychiatrist with the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center.

Resources include mental-health counseling and group counseling, massages at Gregory Gym and the MindBody Lab at the Student Services Building, which features audio and video programs to help students with areas such as healthy body image, sleep and muscle relaxation.