Union Program Council provides opportunities to de-stress during Mental Wellness Week

Students wanting to unwind could paint a flower pot and plant some seeds at Gardening Away Guilt, an event by PAWS in Bosco Student Plaza. The event focused on reminding people to take care of themselves and encouraged self-care. (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State is hosting its third annual Mental Wellness Week to call attention to the importance of mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding it.

The Union Program Council partnered with Peer Advocates for Mental Wellness and Success, Counseling Services and Purple Power Animal Welfare Society to host four events throughout the week to create space for a mental health break and promote awareness.


Wednesday is “Fresh Check Day” and will include booths and chances to win prizes in the Waters Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Students can stomp on bubble wrap in Bosco Student Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for “Stomp the Stigma & Stick it to Stigma.” Free food will also be provided.

Two events, “Pet Away Stress” and “Lend a Hand, Take a Stand,” were canceled this week due to extenuating circumstances, according to the Union Program Council website.

All events held this week are free for students.

K-State also offers resources through Lafene Health Center and Counseling Services to provide mental health support to students throughout their time in college.