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Cirque De-Stress at U of M's Coffman Memorial Union—Tomorrow

Event features free circus performances, stress management & mental health resources

October 21, 2013

What: Cirque De-Stress
When: Tomorrow—Tuesday, Oct. 22 (doors open 9:30 a.m.)
Where: Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

The circus – including high-wire walkers, clowns, aerialists, and jugglers—and Goldy— is returning to Coffman Memorial Union tomorrow, Oct. 22. Organizers are expecting 4,000 attendees at Cirque De-Stress, where the public can come and de-stress while getting practical life balance tips.

"We see mental health and stress in students as being the No. 1 public health issue on campus," said Dr. Gary Christenson, chief medical officer at the University’s Boynton Health Service. "Learning stress management techniques and more effective ways to deal with all of the things on your plate leads to better success."

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Circus Mojo, based in Ludlow, Kentucky, will perform seven shows on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. High-wire walkers, clowns, aerialists, and jugglers—and Goldy—will entertain the crowds. Therapy animals will also be on hand, including dogs and Woodstock, the chicken.

The Minnesota National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), along with more than 20 sponsors from across the University, will be on hand with stress management and mental health resources.

Participants include Active Minds, Boynton Health Service, Center for Spirituality & Healing, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Provost’s Committee on Student Mental Health, Rothenberger Institute, and University Counseling & Consulting Services—along with many others.

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