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The Preventive Measures Foundation and Northampton Community College collaborate on Zen Zones initiative - a shared commitment to improving mental wellness on campus and beyond


The Preventive Measures Foundation and Northampton Community College collaborate on Zen Zones initiative - a shared commitment to improving mental wellness on campus and beyond


In an impactful partnership, Northampton Community College (NCC) and the Preventive Measures Foundation (PMF) have launched the Preventive Measures Zen Zones on all three NCC’s campuses, a major leap in promoting mental health and academic excellence. These Zen Zones provide a peaceful retreat for students, staff, and visitors, embodying a shared commitment to enhancing mental wellness in educational settings and beyond. 

 

Dwayne Jones, Chairman of PMF, shared his excitement, "We are dedicated to building bridges of support and excited to partner with Northampton Community College in this vital initiative. Through our Equitable Minds Movement, we envision spaces where everyone can find serenity and introspection amidst their bustling lives." The initiative not only supports the NCC community but also aims to inspire careers in mental health services. By making these spaces an integral part of the campus environment, NCC and PMF are pioneering in normalizing mental health discussions, reducing stigma, and cultivating a supportive, inclusive culture. 

 





The Zen Zones were meticulously designed with tranquility in mind. Jennifer A Bradley, PhD, at NCC, highlighted the thoughtful approach, "Our aim was to cater to diverse needs, ensuring a comforting spot for everyone. We've chosen furnishings, lighting, and color schemes to create a soothing, low-sensory environment, free from the pressure of social interaction."  These zones offer a variety of stress-reducing activities, such as adult coloring, plush animals, “theraputty”, and sand trays. A silent breathing exercise is also displayed for visitors seeking guided relaxation, enhancing the sense of "zen." 

 

A unique aspect of the Zen Zones is the take-away materials provided, including journals, stress balls, and inspirational stickers with QR codes linking to "mental health break" videos from PMF, encouraging the integration of mindfulness into daily routines.  

 

The response from the NCC community has been overwhelmingly positive, with many acknowledging the Zen Zones as essential to their mental wellness practice. This initiative is a proactive approach to improving student well-being, and academic performance, and fostering a more nurturing educational environment.  For more information on this transformative initiative and how to get involved, visit thepmfoundation.org

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