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Recreation for Mental Health

 January 30, 2020
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
10 AM – 3 PM
Training cost is FREE
Kó Gocho Sportsplex Centre, Behchokǫ̀ 

Transportation to Behchokǫ̀ and back, as well as lunch are provided. Travel assistance coming from your home community is also available.*

Recreation for Mental Health is a 4-hour training that will bring recreation professionals, educators, elders, health care workers, youth centre workers, and volunteers to learn about guidelines and actions that make their programs and spaces more accessible to people experiencing mental health challenges.

Why is this training so important?

The Recreation for Mental Health training is a missing link between uncovering the needs of people experiencing mental health challenges and connecting them with the recreation experiences that are vital to maintaining overall wellness. Closing this gap between what we know and what we actually do is called “knowledge translation”.

Recreation can play a pivotal role in improving mental health and is important for the maintenance of mental wellness for all people. Because of the connections between recreation, mental wellness, and social equity, offering equitable access to recreation is effective for increasing wellness and social equity overall.

What will I learn and do at the Training?

The training is experiential and fun; and has built in time for action planning for your centre or program. You’ll leave with a both renewed sense of the power of recreation to change people’s lives for the better, and a clear path that you can take to reach the people who most need to experience the joys and benefits of recreation. The heart of the trainings’ teachings are about being welcoming to all people regardless of circumstances.

*If you require travel assistance from your home community to Yellowknife please indicate this in your registration form.

Training Testimonials

“I liked learning about mental health issues in regards to recreation programs in general. It is something that goes unnoticed.”

“The training really opened my eyes on benefits of recreation for those with mental health concerns.”

“This training opens dialogue, and provides an opportunity to share experiences from real life.”

These guidelines and actions are born of several research projects from a partnership between Dalhousie University, Recreation Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Thank you to Recreation Nova Scotia for sharing their knowledge and delivering this training.