A calming room is getting a makeover

September 14, 2021

A few weeks ago, one of the calming rooms available to young people at the DYP underwent an amazing transformation! An achievement made possible thanks to the talent of Caroline and Philippe, 2 volunteer artists from the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-Île-de-Montréal, who produced a simply breathtaking mural!

Thank you to Bell Let’s Talk for its support in setting up these rooms in youth centres and group homes!

What is a calming room and what are its benefits?

The calming room is an intervention space used in therapeutic and educational settings.

It is a place where young people can isolate themselves from the rest of the group for a defined period of time. Workers can invite youths to spend time in a calming room when they risk losing control of their emotions or behaviour. This space allows them to calm themselves and reflect.

The young people who benefit from it take the time to re-centre themselves, to better understand their feelings and reactions so that they are better able to control them.

When is a calming room used?

Several calming rooms have been set up in DYP youth centres and youth group homes.  They are sometimes necessary as part of an intervention project, to help young people overcome a difficult time. 

They are used for:

  • Bringing comfort in times of panic and anxiety.
  • Preparing a young person for an intervention or an activity that requires the channeling of his energy and his emotions.
  • Preventing or managing a crisis by promoting a return to calm.
  • Soothing aggression.

What does a calming room look like?

Simple decor creating an uncluttered space with comfortable furniture and soft lighting.  Every detail has been considered to create peace and calm!

It’s a wonderful way to help young people manage their emotions!

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the involvement of volunteers, workers can offer innovative solutions adapted to the needs of young people in the DYP.

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