Stress and sleep affects students


Flyer for Stress and Sleep Workshop.

Alex Nunez, Staff Writer

Santa Rosa Junior College People Empowering others to Realize Success Coalition (PEERS) will conduct a stress and sleep workshop from 4–6 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Bertolini Student Center to help students cope with the stress and sleep deprivation of being a college student. 

“Stress and sleep are in the top five health issues that impact student education,” said PEERS Coalition student Maria Arreguin. “These are the top two issues that students want more information on.”

PEERS is a student-run program within Student Health Services run by students that aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma about mental health and foster a safe, inclusive environment that promotes student well being. 

According to PEERS, 43% of students reported sleep was the cause of difficulties in the last 12 months. Over 50% of students reported dealing with above-average stress, with 15% enduring major stress in that same time period. Approximately 44.6% of students reported feeling overwhelmed in the last month.

The workshop will be handing out guides regarding mental health as well as hosting presentations by therapists and conducting interactive mindfulness and guided breathing exercises. There will be free food for participants.

For more information on the workshop, students can email Maria Arreguin at [email protected] or call the PEERS office at (707) 521-6930