The goals of the R4MH project are to support the development of a variety
of recreation engagement opportunities across the recovery and resilience
spectrum for people who experience mental health challenges (e.g., poor mental
health or mental illness). Because everyone has mental health, we saw the
benefit of developing these opportunities for people of all ages, from children
and youth through to older adulthood.
R4MH Vision: All Nova Scotians experience the benefits of recreation for mental health.
R4MH Mission: To work together across recreation and mental health sectors to support the inclusion of people living with mental health challenges in the recreation life of their community.
The Recreation for
Mental Health (R4MH) is a collaborative effort of
Dalhousie University, Recreation Nova Scotia (an umbrella advocacy organization
for recreation organizations in the province) and the Nova Scotia branch of the
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The overall purpose of the R4MH project has been to promote
collaboration between health and recreation sectors in Nova Scotia in order to
address the challenges associated with community recreation participation
commonly experienced by people with mental health challenges. There has been a
substantial research component within this project—check out the summaries of
our research at https://www.rec4mentalhealth.com/research-projects.
R4MH research team members include:
Debbie Bauld, Recreation Nova