Stressbusters

The Stressbusters training and outreach program (GROUND) and mobile app (AIR) are among the most engaging and popular wellness resources on college campuses today. The ground program dramatically reduces academic and mental health risk factors by training teams of students to be free 5-minute backrub providers and campus health ambassadors at magnetic events all year long. The app delivers stress relief on demand and puts local resources in one place on students’ devices. Solo and as a powerful combo, Harvard, the University of Michigan, NYU, the University of Arizona, St. John’s and others use the Stressbusters ground program and app  to continuously connect with their communities while building devoted families of student service peers and volunteers. Stressbusters is tested, flexible and aligns with American Foundation For Suicide Prevention recommendations. Watch the Stressbusters video (left) to learn more about why students and staff love Stressbusters Ground and Air.

“I heard about Stressbusters mid-semester and I thought it was too good to be true. I decided to go check it out and after my first Stressbusters I felt invigorated. More importantly, I had something to look forward to week to week and someone that cared enough about my wellbeing as a student. I began going almost every week and Stressbusters played a huge part in me being able to relax with balancing school and illness. I continue to bring Stressbusters up in conversation so you all can be appreciated and recognized for the great work you all do and hopefully someone can have an experience as meaningful as mine.”    —Taylor Tutin, University of Missouri

Stressbusters Makes A Big Difference

Ongoing assessment of the impact of the Stressbusters ground program shows significant risk factor reductions. In one campus study of 1,100 students and staff, participants’ overall stress scores dropped 40% after their Stressbusters experience. Significant decreases in frustration, worry and overwhelmed feelings were found, while increased ability to cope with stress and complete tasks were reported. For 20 years, Stressbusters has helped and trained more than 500,000 students and staff off-line and on. Contact us for a summary of program assessment findings.

Stressbusters Provides Much More Than Just Backrubs

In addition to year-round health events and 24/7 mobile resources, Stressbusters programs include:

  • Exceptional training and training reinforcement tools
  • Customized web pages with your Stressbusters program information, volunteer sign-up and more
  • Ready-to-use program evaluation instruments and engagement data
  • Quality stress reduction and other wellness content for social media, websites and workshops
  • Beyond Backrubs leadership and career development certificate program
  • Best-practices and networking forums with Stressbusters programs worldwide
  • Program marketing and management materials including Stressbusters t-shirts

FAQs About Stressbusters Ground and Air

Do we have to do both the ground training program and the app?

No, both of these Stressbusters initiatives are designed to work together or alone.

Is the touching that’s part of the ground program a potential problem?

Touch could be a problem in any situation if it is unwanted. Stressbusters ground programs have remained safe and rewarding because their wellness breaks are provided by teams of students who are trained and required to follow the established and tested program guidelines. Additionally, Stressbusters events are only held in public campus spaces for university affiliates who provide written and verbal consent to be touched. Through its many public events, Stressbusters volunteers repeatedly model healthy touch and how to communicate before and during a variety of interpersonal interactions.

Are students paid to be Stressbusters?

No. Students volunteer their time at events as they would for a student group or community service project. In some cases, students in program leadership roles such as program coordinators and social media managers may also be student workers, interns, etc.

Do these Stressbusters initiatives operate independently, or are they part of another program or department on campus?

Stressbusters Ground and Air can be part of health promotion, health services, counseling, residential life, a recreation center, athletics, student government and/or other departments and groups.

How long does it take to set up a Stressbusters ground program and what is involved?

Stressbusters ground programs take 2-3 months to develop. The major phases of the program’s development include:

  • Customizing and establishing an operational structure for the program
  • Training student coordinators and staff to manage the program
  • Recruiting and training student Stressbusters
  • Launching and marketing the program on campus

How long does it take to launch the app only?

The app can be customized for your campus and launched in as little as 2-3 weeks.

Who coordinates the Stressbusters ground program after it is launched? What about the app?

Stressbusters ground programs are jointly installed and launched by students and campus staff with training, guidance and materials from Stressbusters national staff. Once the program is up and running on campus, specially selected and trained students coordinate day-to-day activities with staff serving primarily as operational advisors. After installation and launch, national Stressbusters staff continue to develop and provide expert guidance, student recruitment materials and many more success-boosting supports.

After the app is customized and launched, app content is continuously updated by the national Stressbusters program. Campus staff can also updated app content and work with national staff to keep the app’s information and resources current and engaging.

Does the Stressbusters ground program replace the need for a campus massage therapist?

No! Stressbusters do not practice massage therapy or provide the same services as Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT’s). Stressbusters are student volunteers trained to provide free 5-minute wellness breaks and resource information on campus. However, Stressbusters programs do promote LMT services on campus and in the community.

How are the Stressbusters training program and app funded?

Because Stressbusters Ground and Air benefit many individuals, departments and groups on campus, funding and collaborative support have come from health services, residential life, athletics, student government, parents and grants.

Ground Program Pricing Options

All Stressbusters Ground program options below include the installation, launch and ongoing support of Stressbusters. A one-time program start-up fee may apply and prices do not include travel expenses (if applicable). Contact us to talk about program pricing variations, flexible payment and funding options.

CORE @ $7,500 annually

  • Program customization, launch and support
  • On-site training
  • Custom website with program info, coordination tools and stress reduction media
  • Program marketing materials
  • School-to-school best-practices forums
  • Stressbusters t-shirts for volunteers

COMPREHENSIVE @ $10,000 annually

Includes all features of the Core program option above, plus:

  • Stressbusters wellness app for all community members
  • Program evaluation tools and analysis
  • Additional volunteer training sessions

OPTIMAL @ $15,000 annually

Includes all features of the Comprehensive program option above plus an additional and distinct Stressbusters program for staff

App Pricing Options (Stressbusters Air)

App pricing is based on total student enrollment, app customization level and app feature selection. Standard annual pricing can start at $5,000 for a robust app with your content, campus health resources and stress-relief media. Contact us for specific app pricing options and click here for more about the app and its features.