Recreation for Mental Health

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Recreation for Mental Health 101- Presentation

The 'Recreation for Mental Health 101' is an educational presentation that was developed as a part of a Recreation for Mental Health project in Nova Scotia (for a full explanation of the project, see question 7). The key goals of the broader project are to increase collaboration between the mental health and recreation sectors and to advocate for and increase awareness about the use of recreation for individuals with mental illness and mental health problems. Therefore, the presentation describes the relationship between mental health and recreational activities, in that social, creative, and physical recreation activities can be used to maintain mental health or return to good mental health. 


The presentation’s overall aim is to raise awareness about the benefits of recreation for people living with mental illness and to provide key definitions in order to facilitate conversations between the mental health and recreation sectors. This is an introductory presentation that targets mental health and recreation practitioners and decision makers who are collaborating to  provide recreation opportunities for individuals with mental illness and mental health problems. Within the presentation, mental health, mental illness, recovery, resilience, stigma, social determinants of health, and recreation are defined. The benefits of recreation for individuals with mental illness and mental health problems are detailed and barriers to participation are outlined.  Anti-stigma resources are provided.