Does Yale-NUS provide opportunities to reduce stress during the academic year?
Yes, it does. Regular de-stressing sessions happen at the college. For instance, there are petting zoos with different animals like hamsters, dogs, cats, and parrots. Basically, any Yale-NUS student can come to the the petting zoo, pet a cat or a dog and relax. I think it is fantastic that opportunities like this exist here because studying can be very tough and stressful. From my perspective, the college is doing a good job.
I completely agree with the previous comment! I would also add that, in addition to special psychological sessions, the college actively cultivates the idea of mutual support among students. For example, freshmen students are divided into DF (Dean Fellow) groups of 16 people. They spend quite a lot of time in their groups and hence build friendships, and do not feel lonely. The college tries to ensure that every student has a bunch of friends who can support them.