TRU has colourful idea to help students' mental well-being

The Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wellness Centre is going against everything your mom told you about colouring on the walls as a kid. 

The centre finished up new retrofitting renovations this past fall including one of the most popular features to the update; the colour wall. 

The colour wall is exactly what it sounds like. Following the renovations that started over the summer semester, Chelsea Corsi, wellness coordinator of the centre since 2004, drew inspiration from the staggering trend of adult colouring books.

“It’s definitely a conversation piece when people come into the centre. I find it gives students a few moments of quiet, mindful time,” Corsi says. 

With the help of the Student Wellness Ambassador team, Corsi was able to narrow it down to the floral pattern to display in the newly improved centre. 

“I thought, I’m not a student, do students think this is a good idea? In the summer, I emailed all the student wellness ambassadors and said: 'This is my idea, what do you think?' They were all on board,” says Corsi. 

The colour wall covers the full wall, floor to ceiling, with removable vinyl wallpaper. Corsi hopes to replace the wall once it’s been completed for a new group of TRU students and upcycle the finished wallpaper elsewhere in the centre. 

The goal of the colouring wall was to give students a chance to recharge and gain some mindfulness. 

Students have taken to thoughtfully filling in the floral pattern and adding words of encouragement between the lines.

“We hear the word mindfulness thrown around a lot these days but what does it actually truly mean? It’s allowing thoughts to come in, acknowledging those thoughts and releasing them,” explains Corsi.

The centre, which saw major improvements, now has the capacity to host more students at once. With a new social space for students to mingle and play games, a nap/quiet room for students looking for a few moments of peace and a team of peer ambassadors available to help. 

Corsi, who is also a nurse, is available for appointments to help students with health and wellness concerns.

— Cailyn Mocci is a freelance reporter for KamloopsMatters.com

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