Video by Anna Cianni and Samantha Cumerlato
The Ryerson Student’s Union (RSU) Wellness Centre celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 5.
Among the day’s festivities were a bike-powered smoothie maker, a snack bar, and the TV show Friends streaming on a flat screen.
The goal of the centre will be to offer the university community a space for services to relieve stress.
Various campus groups focusing on mental and spiritual well-being will support students out of the centre, said RSU president Susanne Nyaga.
The space will allow Ryerson’s chaplaincy associations to provide faith-based counselling, and for the student health assistance and resilience program to have more space for its morning peer-support groups.
The lobby of the Wellness Centre has a lounge area and an office desk, with the back having a small office for private counselling. The space will also soon be getting books and bean bags, Nyaga said.
Non-profit organizations will come into the centre and offer workshops, Nyaga said.
Students can make their own recommendations for the space that the RSU will address in a town hall, she added. Other plans include Netflix marathons on Friday and meditations on Monday.
Politics and governance student Jessica Ketwaroo-Green said she will be running programming as the Wellness Centre’s coordinator.
As the centre’s sole employee, she would like to explore the possibility of allowing students to have more access to different types of wellness activity consisting of “physical activities, more spiritual based and more natural therapies,” she explained.
“We’re gonna be collaborating with the chess club to do like a chess destressor. The musicians at Ryerson want to do music therapy,” she said.
Helene Freitag, a third-year chemical engineering student, was one students who trickled into the event. She grabbed some snacks and settled in front of the big TV.
“There hasn’t been a space like this available, and there are times I feel like I could have really benefited from a place like this,” Freitag said.
The centre is slated to be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Campus Centre’s lower ground.
All photos by Anna Cianni.