Wellness Centre gets rolling

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.

Photo by Anna Cianni

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.

The RSU Wellness Centre is officially open now! With Netflix, comfy couches, and soothing decor, it’s a place for students to destress on campus. Open 10-6 on weekdays.

The RSU Wellness Centre is officially open now! With Netflix, comfy couches, and soothing decor, it’s a place for students to destress on campus. Open 10-6 on weekdays.

Jessica Ketwaroo-Green, the Wellness Centre Lead, said she was excited to announce the grand opening. This centre is located on the lower level of Ryerson’s Student Campus Centre, next to Copyrite.

Jessica Ketwaroo-Green, the Wellness Centre Lead, said she was excited to announce the grand opening. This centre is located on the lower level of Ryerson’s Student Campus Centre, next to Copyrite.

Free food on opening day attracted students and staff. From fruit, to oatmeal raisin cookies, to finger sandwiches, there was something for everyone.

Free food on opening day attracted students and staff. From fruit, to oatmeal raisin cookies, to finger sandwiches, there was something for everyone.

There was also a free DIY smoothie station on opening day. But no electricity was needed to blend the smoothies.

There was also a free DIY smoothie station on opening day. But no electricity was needed to blend the smoothies.

Instead, the smoothies were made by burning calories. People picked smoothie ingredients, loaded up the blender, attached it to the stationary bike, and pedalled away.

Instead, the smoothies were made by burning calories. People picked smoothie ingredients, loaded up the blender, attached it to the stationary bike, and pedalled away.

The Wellness Centre has a calming lounge space where Netflix marathons will be held.

The Wellness Centre has a calming lounge space where Netflix marathons will be held.

There’s also aromatherapy to help students destress.

There’s also aromatherapy to help students destress.

With plants around the room, the Wellness Centre seems quite lively in February.

With plants around the room, the Wellness Centre seems quite lively in February.

This is a resource hub for anyone looking to find mental health services around campus and destress.

This is a resource hub for anyone looking to find mental health services around campus and destress.

Resource staff are here to help! From left to right: Krysta Clark, mental health and wellness coordinator; Jessica Ketwaroo-Green, Wellness Centre Lead; Shelly Walker, client services director

Resource staff are here to help! From left to right: Krysta Clark, mental health and wellness coordinator; Jessica Ketwaroo-Green, Wellness Centre Lead; Shelly Walker, client services director

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