LEXINGTON, Ky. — Students at the University of Kentucky are unwinding in comfort on campus in the private relaxation rooms at the Gatton Student Center after getting back into the college routine. 

What You Need To Know

  • Sept. 4 thru Sept. 10 is designated National Suicide Prevention week

  • The University of Kentucky is offering students a place to sit back and unwind

  • TRACS is the one-stop virtual or in-person mental health wellness resource provided for students

Inside these relaxation rooms sit two large-cushioned chairs, a desk for working and two mounted televisions. Also, for student use are several journals, puzzles, whiteboards, various arts supplies and windows with soft lighting to elevate the calming nature of the room. 

Director of TRACS, UK’s Triage Referral Assistance and Crisis Support Team, Paige Greene recommends students reduce some of the stress from being in school by simply resting. 

Paige Greene director of TRACS at UK encouraging students to relax in rooms and or seek resources for help. (Spectrum News 1/Sabriel Metcalf)

“The goal is to get out of the mix of things and just be able to settle in and relax their minds and take a break.”

These rooms are meant to prevent some challenges that come with being in college, said Greene, who actively works with students needing immediate mental health attention. She says first-year students often experience situations and need help. 

“Homesickness is a real thing and it can happen at any time, but often it’s happening to our freshman coming, being away from home for the first time.”

Entrance of the relaxation rooms on the third floor, east wing of the Gatton Student Center (Spectrum News 1/Sabriel Metcalf)

Green said TRACS is, “A one-stop support program that students can come in and get help for their mental wellness or to talk to a clinical professional.”

With National Suicide Prevention Week underway, the university urges students to use campus resources. 

To lessen students’ concerns and increase answers to campus related questions, The University of Kentucky just announced a new helpline, “859-218-You-K” that students can use for access to all school needs.

The helpline connects callers to a student success team member and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.