Self Management

Our HERO staff

  • suggest tips and tools for managing stress
  • share information about the importance of sleep
  • encourage healthful coping mechanisms, including animal therapy

Animal Therapy

Stress is the number one impediment to academic success as reported by KU students on the 2017 National College Health Assessment. Animal Therapy is one type of programing used to address stress on campus as it has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and loneliness, as well as increase relaxation, mood elevating hormones and provide mental stimulation.

Refer to the calendar of events for upcoming programs: 

  • Pause4Pups occurs twice per month at different campus housing locations.
  • Stress Busting Study Breaks take place during finals week in campus libraries.

KU departments and students groups may also host animal therapy events. Requests shoud be made a month in advance and must go through WHS Health Education Resource Office to ensure that all events are in compliance with the KU Animals in Buildings Policy. To request an event, please complete this form.

Healthy Choices in Daily Life

Daily Life is a three part program focused on building skills to manage self in times of stress. Sessions last about 40 minutes and utilize activities, assessments, journaling and conversation. For appointments or questions, call 785-864-9570.

Daily Life Card (PDF)


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Watkins Daily Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:  12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Sun: Closed

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