Mental Health

Students relieve stress with splatter paint party

Dalhousie students host paint party to raise awareness about mental health

Late February and early March are the most stressful times for university students due to exams and assignments.
Late February and early March are stressful times for university students due to exams and assignments.   Alex Cooke

Wednesday was a messy time to be in Dalhousie University’s LeMarchant Mixed Use Building.

Six students hosted a Splatter Paint Party for the school’s Mental Health Awareness Week. It was a project for their program planning class.

Students were encouraged to throw paint at blank canvasses to relieve school-related stress and raise awareness about mental health.

After learning about the benefits of therapeutic art, the students originally planned on having a giant adult colouring book, but decided to go with paint splatter instead to make it more interactive.

It was a busy day, with around 50 people taking part in the first hour alone.

The finished canvasses will be donated to Dalhousie Student Health Promotion, and will be hung on the university’s campus.