Student Installs A 'Cry Closet' In The Library To Help With Finals Week Stress

"It's all fun and games until somebody has a complete meltdown because the Cry Closet is already occupied."

College students know the stress of Finals Week all too intimately. Even those who appear calm, cool, and collected on the outside are likely hyperventilating on the inside. It's enough to make anyone burst into tears. However, for those students who frequent the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, there's now an alternative to the traditional pulling of the hair: Nemo Miller's "The Cry Closet."


Miller, a senior ceramics major and sculpture minor at the university, developed the art installation with the stress of studying in mind. Here, frazzled students can find refuge from the frustration of Finals Week by indulging in solitude. Whether you need some time to regroup, or you literally need to cry, The Cry Closet enables students to embrace that release in private. Unsurprisingly, Miller's piece has become an undeniable hit across campus, launching his concept into a viral sensation.

Miller, of course, was positively thrilled that his installation has garnered so much positive feedback thus far.

"I think everyone just needs a safe space sometimes, even if it's in a very public place," Miller told KSL TV.

Considering college students are particularly vulnerable to mental health issues, it's refreshing to see that this accessible outlet has already become one of the university's hot spots. After all, 49.5 percent of college students reported feeling hopeless, and one in 12 U.S. college students makes a suicide plan, writes USA TODAY. Here's hoping that Miller's installation amplifies the national conversation around mental health and heightens awareness of the struggles facing modern students everywhere.

Cover images via @aJackieLarsen / Twitter

A Plus has reached out to the artist for comment.


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