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Cambridge University is taking steps to support the well-being of its students during the approaching exam season by offering various relaxation activities. In an effort

to promote mindfulness and provide stress relief, the prestigious university has implemented initiatives across its libraries.

Among the activities available to students are adult colouring books and Lego-building sessions. Additionally, one college library has set up a DIY nail bar and offers yoga sessions and embroidery workshops, as reported by The Times.

The university acknowledges that there is substantial evidence suggesting that these activities contribute to relaxation and mindfulness, which are crucial for students studying in the university's libraries.

This increased focus on student welfare follows the unfortunate deaths of six students at the university last year. In response, Cambridge University has been working closely with the NHS and public health agencies to review and learn from these incidents.

The introduction of stress-handling measures aligns with the recently launched Reach Out campaign. This initiative aims to encourage struggling students to seek the support they need. Given the rising demand for mental health services, the university plans to invest £4.7 million over three years to reduce waiting times for these services. Additionally, individual colleges are planning to hire well-being advisors who will coordinate the university's support provisions.

Across Cambridge University's library network, various stress-busting activities are being offered. The Engineering Library, for example, provides games of Hide and Seek, while other study spaces offer stress balls and weighted blankets to enhance comfort during revision.

In addition to the mentioned activities, students can engage in Lego-building sessions and enjoy yoga classes. The university also allows students to spend time with Jasper, a three-legged tomcat, at the Marshall Library. Furthermore, a "wellbeing collection" consisting of 150 books addressing topics such as faith, race, and gender is available for those seeking solace in reading.

While these new initiatives have received positive feedback from many students, there are differing opinions. Some students, like Devika Shah, a second-year student at the university, feel that these measures do not fully address the underlying issues of mental health and overall fulfillment among students.

Cambridge University continues to prioritize student well-being and aims to provide comprehensive support for its students during the challenging exam period. Photo by Cmglee, Wikimedia commons.