Co-challenge 2019

Learn more about the upcoming challenge !

We would like to ask you to fill in a questionnaire about experienced stress before the start of the co-challenge (6th of may). By filling in this questionnaire, you will gain more insight into your own experienced stress. Also, you will contribute to the knowledge about this phenomenon, which can be used to find out what is needed to reduce stress. Filling in the questionnaire will take no more than 5-10 minutes.

The Challenge:

The pressures of student life

Pressure comes in many different shapes and affects people differently. One could argue that student life is one of the most pressurized times in life, as young adults experience new found independence, start a new study possibly in a new town, and build a new social network. All this new-ness combined with the fact that they are preparing themselves for working life culminates in dealing with many forms of pressure on many different levels.

The city of Utrecht is one of the major student hubs in the country, and the municipality of Utrecht is concerned about the well-being of one of their biggest population groups. Recently, there have been signals that students’ experienced stress levels have increased. Nationally, several studies about experienced performance pressure and experienced stress among students have been published. In the municipality of Utrecht (co-organiser of the co-challenge), a need exists for more insight into experienced stress among students in Utrecht.

In the last few years, more attention has been brought to the teaching of resilience and understanding stress. Important and well-known stressors include pressure to get good grades, to stand out in extracurricular activities and to enjoy a full social life at the same time.

In this Co-Challenge we focus on interventions that aim to understand and relieve some of these pressures before they lead to mental and physical problems. This can be done in various ways such as creating awareness, shaping a safe study environment, prevention and early recognition of signs-of-trouble, education of teachers and counselors, and sufficient types of focused outreach.