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Philadelphia: Middle school adds 'calming room' "for students to settle down"

April 10, 2018, Philly.com: Middle School Adds ‘Calming Room’ As Mental Health Resource http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/04/10/mental-health-resources/ Tilden Middle School has added a “calming room” where students can chill out and relax. Just as the name says, it’s a place for students to settle down and take a moment when things get overwhelming or upsetting, they can turn to the calming room…. The furry pillows are meant to help students refocus their anger and begin to relax. There is also a guided meditation space, where students can listen to soothing sounds on one of five stations…. “Unfortunately, a lot of students come to school with tension from homes, families, or neighborhoods,” said Peggy. The calming room is a place where tensions can be defused, so mental health issues don’t cause issues with behavior, academics or relationships. … “We realize suspensions don’t work,” said Brian Johnson, the schools principal.