The University of Lethbridge is doing its part to help support student mental health in a unique way. The R.E.C Room initiative was unveiled at the school on Thursday morning to the tune of $100,000. According to Dr. Mark Slomp, the executive director of student services at the U of L, the area will allow for students to destress after a hard day of studying and classes.
“We know it’s a stressful time for students, and we also know that in order to succeed academically and personally, you need to incorporate factors like play and creativity and social connection into your life. And sometimes, you know, we think that we don’t have the time for these things because of assignment deadlines, but really, you don’t have the time not to do them because of how they energize you and recharge you and enable you to perform your best.”
The R.E.C. Room will be located in areas like the UHall Atrium, Science Commons, Markin Hall Atrium, Galileo’s in the Students’ Union, the University Library, and the Chill Zone in Agility’s Innovation Zone.
The initiative will officially open on February 1.