The Kent State University Geauga Campus Wellness Club, in conjunction with Counseling Services, recently received a $1,000 Seeds of Wellness Grant from Kent State University. The grant is designed to benefit the entire Kent State Geauga student body with the establishment of a new Mental Health & Wellness Center for students who need help managing stress and improving their overall emotional/mental health. The Wellness Center will also promote the use of the campus mental health counselor and involvement in the student Wellness Club.
To qualify for the grant, the proposed project needed to focus on at least one of eight Kent State of Wellness priority areas: Alcohol & Other Drugs, Mental Health, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Preventive Care, Safety, Sexual Health, and Smoking & Tobacco Use.
The Mental Health & Wellness Center at Burton is located in the library outside of Counseling Services (Room 120C). The Wellness Center will officially open at the start of the spring semester, Jan. 13, 2020. Meanwhile, some items are already available at the Wellness Center, including coloring pages and colored pencils, puzzles, 3-D pin art, stress balls, and other stress toys. The center will soon add lava beads and essential oils. By spring 2020, educational brochures and posters focusing on stress management, mental health, nutrition, and physical health will be available to educate students about mindfulness, deep breathing, grounding, self-care and stress reduction in general. On-going fundraising efforts will help to sustain the Center into the future.