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Would more play reduce stress?

22nd March - 05th April 2024

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Total votes


5-11 votes


11-16+ votes

For Stress Awareness Month, voters considered the role of play in combating stress, and how they might be able to incorporate more of this in their day-to-day lives.

Secondary, 16+ & College voters were asked: “Would more play reduce stress?”, Primary 7-11 voters discussed: “Would playing outside more improve your mental health?” and Primary 5-7 voters considered: “Does playing outdoors make you happier?”

240322 - Stress and Play child

Age 5-11 voter

Being indoors on screens keeps you awake, but getting out in the fresh air helps you get a good night's sleep.

240322 - Stress and Play teen

Age 11-16 voter

Play is really important to reduce our stress, we think that a free period once a week for play would help us reduce our stress.

240322 - Stress and Play student

Age 16+ voter

I think this was our first unanimous vote of all 8 interns. We called back to our wellbeing work on stress and self-care and decided that all types of people can benefit from developing ways of reducing stress through play, and this will be different for everyone.

85% of 7-11-year-olds said that playing outside more would improve their mental health.

84% of Secondary, College and 16+ students agreed, arguing that more play would reduce stress.

Some students said that playing outside more would help them focus at school and reduce their stress.