Philly School Opens 'Calming Room' To Better Support Students' Mental Health

Justin Udo
April 05, 2018 - 3:14 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A local school is a taking a new approach to its students mental health to help them inside and outside of the classroom.

Yoga, meditation, relaxing books, soothing music and a corner to color and draw are a few of the amenities available to students in the new Calming Room at William Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia.

"Each station is designed to give students who want some quiet and need a way to distract their minds a place to do so," said Peggy Banaszek, an ambassador to the school from Cigna Pharmacy. 

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She says the therapeutic room is designed to support students’ mental health and well-being.

"So many students come to school still feeling the stress from their personal lives," Banaszek said. "It not only affects their learning, but it affects their peers learning as well."

For fifth-grader Robel, this room is a place where he can step away from an argument and clear his mind.

"You could just go to the calming room and calm down before it turns into a big fight," he said.

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And Robel has nothing but praise for the new room.

"I think it's a really great thing that they opened this," he said. "It's really good."

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says he would like to see a calming room in every school in the city.