Creating Breakthroughs at Broken Pieces Rage Room

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A business aiming to help find calm amidst chaos

Julie Hebert is not a clinical therapist, but she is using her professional and personal experience with mental health to provide an unconventional, safe space for people looking to escape and unwind.

Broken Pieces Rage Room opened its doors in 2023. Prior to opening her business, Julie had worked as an administrator within the addictions and mental health sector.  Having suffered from mental health most of her life, she wanted to create an outlet for people who needed to let off some steam.

“I had an amazing support system during my trauma, but unfortunately not everyone is so lucky,” she said. “We want to provide a safe space for people to come and let out their extra emotions.”

And Broken Pieces Rage Room is not only an outlet to let out built up emotions, it’s also a gathering spot that provides a unique activity. Customers range from business professionals to birthday parties – but each package provides customization based on client requests. From suiting up in protective gear and break appliances, to smashing a bottle full of confetti for a celebration – the rage room offers an escape for every mood.

Despite having “rage” in its name, when people walk through the doors of the Rothesay Avenue location there is a sense of calm within the space. Pamphlets for professional mental health supports hang on the wall and various experiences are available.

“We want people to know we have a non-judgmental environment and are continuously coming up with ways to make every session fun and welcoming,” Julie explained.

Broken Pieces Rage Room also provides an outlet for healing. A memorial wall is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their battle with mental health.

“Unfortunately, when someone dies by suicide there is a stigma, and their names don't get spoken as often. Our memorial wall helps those names to live on,” Julie said.

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To access the memorial wall, you can simply visit the Broken Pieces Rage Room. There is no requirement to book an activity.

Julie never imagined her career path taking a turn to entrepreneurship, but after connecting with Envision Saint John, she was able to refine her business plan, which set Broken Pieces Rage Room up for success.

“Working with Envision was nothing short of amazing - they helped make my dream a reality,” she said.

Beyond going through the application process and receiving an Impact Loan, Julie received help with financial projections, navigating various business resources, and workshopping ideas to improve the overall business plan.

Wrapping her first official year in business, Julie reflects on the joy she experiences every day in her role as owner of a business that was just an idea not long ago.

“The most rewarding part is seeing the customers once they finish a session. The feeling is amazing, knowing we can provide a bit of relief from chaos in someone's life, even if only for a short amount of time,” she said.

To learn more about Broken Pieces Rage Room visit their website: https://brokenpiecesrageroom.ca/

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