Balancing academics and wellness: thriving at TRU

University life can be difficult; the Wellness Centre is here to make it a bit easier

As the academic year kicks into high gear, TRU students are immersing themselves in their studies, striving for success. However, amidst the pursuit of knowledge, it’s crucial not to overlook the equally important aspect of personal wellness. TRU’s Wellness Centre, nestled on the first floor of Old Main 1479, offers a sanctuary for students to prioritize their physical, emotional and mental well-being.

The Wellness Centre operates with a clear mission: to foster the holistic well-being of TRU students and employees. In recognition of the diverse cultural landscape of the TRU community, the centre has taken significant strides in understanding Indigenous and other cultural wellness practices. This commitment ensures that the services provided are culturally sensitive and accessible to all.

Through a wide-ranging selection of health education initiatives, services, and programs, the Wellness Centre strives to empower students with the knowledge and resources required to lead well-rounded lives. From enlightening workshops to personalized guidance, the center provides a diverse array of resources customized to meet individual needs.

One of the distinctive features of the Wellness Centre is its quiet and tech-free room, designed for relaxation and rejuvenation. This space allows a maximum of two users at a time, ensuring a tranquil environment for focused self-care. Respectful conduct is expected from all visitors, with zero tolerance for discriminatory language or actions. The centre is committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for all members of the TRU community.

Among the services offered, one-to-one peer support stands as a pillar of the centre’s commitment to student wellness. Additionally, the centre serves as a Take Home Naloxone (THN) Site, contributing to the university’s efforts to promote health and safety. The THN site offer training to students requiring to use the THN kit. The kit has Naloxone, which is a medication that can temporarily reverse the side effects from an opioid overdose (fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone, etc.).  Health and wellness workshops, presentations, and outreach events further enrich the offerings, providing opportunities for students to engage and learn.

In addition to these resources, TRU students have access to a student wellness journal, a creation of fellow students. This journal serves as a treasure trove of information on wellness, university life, and resources. Packed with coloring pages, reflection questions, and activities, the journal is an engaging tool for students to navigate their well-being.

Balancing academics and wellness are not only possible but essential for success at TRU. The Wellness Centre stands as a beacon of support, offering students a space to prioritize their health and well-being. As we dive into the academic year, let us remember that a healthy body and a healthy mind are the foundations for a thriving education.

TRU students still have access to other on-campus resources during times when the Wellness Centre is closed or unavailable. The TRU Counselling Department (250-828-5023) and TRU Medical Clinic (250-828-5126) are available for students in need of immediate support. The keep.meSAFE app is another useful tool, offering a comprehensive guide on how to navigate various resources. This app allows students to access personalized services from various professionals who speak different languages.

The Wellness Centre’s Facebook and Instagram pages are also valuable resources to stay updated on events and initiatives. Visit the TRU Wellness Centre website for more information.