Student Wellness brings mental health getaway to Parks Library


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The Tap Room is a mental health escape put on by Student Wellness, located in the lower level of Parks Library.

Alexis Myszka

Student Wellness and Parks Library have teamed up to create a safe space called “the Tap Room” for students and faculty to zero in on their mental health.

According to the university library website, the Tap Room is a space where students and staff can go to get away from stress and focus on their mental health. The space features activities to help with practicing relaxation, mindfulness and positive mental health promotion.

The Student Wellness website lists some of these practices as being guided meditation, biofeedback, light therapy, aromatherapy, self massage canes, mind puzzles, journaling exercises and creative therapy.

However, the Tap Room is not a stationary location that students and staff must seek out; it is designed to be a mobilized outreach program that can be constructed in any location on campus. Student organizations and university departments have the opportunity to request the Tap Room be temporarily set up in their specific spaces, according to the university library website.

The Tap Room is open to everyone from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and is located on the lower level of Parks Library. The space is run by Peer Wellness Educators, who are there to aid visitors in engaging in stress reduction and relaxation practices, according to the student wellness website.