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.