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GAME LOUNGE

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EXTERIOR CUT THROUGH

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.WELL. COMM UNITY CENTRE
PROJECT BY HEATHER GREER

Mental health issues and diagnoses are on the rise for university students and campus counselling and wellness services are unable to keep up with the increased demands. It is proposed that a centre allowing students to proactively improve their mental health would be beneficial in the long run, helping develop healthy coping habits while taking pressure off campus provided services. Secondary research through a literature review was conducted to ascertain features of a relaxing and comfortable environment and the activities most successful in relieving stress in 18 – 24 -year-olds – the primary age bracket of university students. Spaces with biophilic elements and limited colour and material palettes are most suitable for creating a calming environment. Activities found to help reduce stress include yoga, gardening, and art. Strong relationships with friends and family also play a role. The results suggest a soothing space where groups and individuals can destress with fun and enjoyable activities.

CONCEPT: To provide a space with the intent of positively and proactively addressing mental health concerns by providing programs known to reduce stress. University students are often overwhelmed and on campus support services can find themselves unable to address the needs of everyone who requires assistance. This centre aims to give students an opportunity to address and improve their wellbeing to relieve the load university services find themselves under.