Student - 18 januari 2019

Hugging against loneliness

tekst:
Luuk Zegers

Students ask attention for feelings of loneliness and depression amongst students by organising Wurld Free Hug Day on January 21st in Forum. During lunchtime, a team of huggers will be ready to help everyone who feels like hugging.

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Sergi Domenech (23) and Suzy Rebisz (24) are two of the four organizers of the hug-event. But the hugging-team is bigger than the four master students: there will be at least ten huggers present at the event. ‘The goal is to foster a sense of unity,’ says Domenech. ‘Everybody is welcome.’

The students want to break the social taboo on feelings of loneliness and depression. Rebisz: ‘It is scientifically proven that hugging weakens negative feelings. Of course one Hug Day is not going to solve that, but we see it as a contribution to a better social connection with each other. Based on the reactions we get, we will discuss follow-up possibilities.’

Click here for more information on Wurld Free Hug Day.


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