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Supporting Mental Health

A collection of information and resources to help recreation professionals support people experiencing mental health and wellness issues, such as with depression, stress, self-esteem, self-harm.

CAMH Multilingual Resources / Alone in Canada: 21 ways to make it better booklet

The Multilingual Resources section has been created to provide multi-language information on mental health and addiction to people for whom...

A Leader’s Guide for Talking with Parents / Talking with Your Staff

As an after-school leader, you play a critical role in helping the children and youth in your program to achieve the minimum quota of...

Action for Inclusion: A Resource Kit for Community Conversations

This resource kit was developed for the "Kitchen Table Conversations: Action for Inclusion" project, led by the Ontario Healthy Communities...

Building Resilience for Children in After School Programs: Video

Video, 4 minutes. This video discusses what resiliency is, how to understand it for ourselves and how to incorporate it into our after...

Building Resilient Youth: Practical Tips for Helping your Teen Make Healthy Choices

Parent Action on Drugs has developed this brochure for parents of teens. It discusses the risk and protective factors that affect...

Children's Mental Health - Defusing the Time Bomb: Webinar

Webinar, 1 hour. This webinar looks at principles and design standards of High Five, the need for emotional safety, two critical reasons...

Enabling Minds - Enhancing accessiblity in the fitness and recreation sector for people with mental health-related disabilities: Website

In early 2013, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA), in partnership with YMCA Ontario and Parks and Recreation...

Growing Up Resilient: Ways to Build Resilience in Children and Youth

This document discusses the development of resilience at three levels: individual, family and environmental. Tips follow each section. It...

Healing Through Community Gardens: Building a Healthy Environment to Support Mental Health

Presenters: Linor David and Judy Tsao This presentation looks at nature as a healer, the science of soil, and creating healthy community...

Health Behaviors of School Aged Children - Fact Sheets and Toolkits - Positive Mental Health and more

Fact Sheets on Bullying; Emotional Health; Injury and Physical Trauma; Healthy Living, Healthy Weight; Health-Risk Behaviours. Toolkits...

Healthy Minds in Active Bodies: Resource and Parent Guide

Healthy Minds in Active Bodies is a resource for supervisors of after school programs that are being delivered to children and youth of all...

Healthy Minds Start Here

This paper describes key mental health issues facing youth (ages 12+), identifies opportunities for effecting change, and describes what...

Healthy People Need Healthy Settings: The Contribution of Recreation and Parks in Confronting Canada's Public Health Challenges

Looks at Canada’s public health challenges (the case of obesity), what recreation and parks have to offer, the healthy settings approach (...

Helping Canadians with Mental Health Disabilities Get Physically Active: Tip Sheets for Intermediaries

These tip sheets are designed to provide general information in support of Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines, developed by the...

Level Up: Promoting positive mental health and overall well-being with children and youth

Level Up is a free online resource that supports educators and program leaders in promoting positive mental health and overall...

Managing Stress -Video

A 2-1/2 minute YouTube video on stress management looking at its causes and ways to manage it, such as exercise, getting in control,...

Mental Health - Coping With Stress

Looks at background, symptoms, health effects, minimizing risk, and links for more resources.

Mental Health and Recreation: Connections and Learnings

After the 2013 Mental Health and Recreation Symposium, it became clear that priorities are needed for strengthening partnerships, enhancing...

Mental Health Promotion in Schools

Healthy Schools is rooted in comprehensive school health (CSH) which is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements...

Mental Health: Challenges, Implications and Opportunities for Community Recreation / Santé mentale : difficultés, conséquences et ouvertures pour les loisirs communautaires by Susan Hutchinson

Identifies the importance of recreation for mental health and how community-based recreation professionals can help people live their lives...

Mental health: Yet another reason to promote physical activity

This article focuses on the following main topics: The impact of depression, both on individuals and on society as a whole, the role of...

Mood Walks for Youth in Transition

Mood Walks is a provincial program that provides training and support for community mental health organizations across the province of...

Move your body. Move your mood.

Article Summary: Physical activity is an essential part of the development of healthy youth and supports the maintenance of psychological...

Promoting Mental Health Amongst Children with a Disability

This article looks at: Quality, active after school programs; and, Quality, active after school programs, with a focus on how these apply...

Self-Esteem, Sport and Physical Activity

This article discusses the issue of self-esteem and young women in Canada today. It provides evidence to suggest that sport and physical...

Social Determinants of Health: An Overview of Systematic Review Evidence on the Effectiveness of Social Determinants of Health Interventions

A synthesis of 17 systematic reviews and recommendations for policy and practice. Evidence suggests assertive community treatment can be...

Stand Up for Student Mental Health

A powerful four-minute video on child and youth mental health, showing that schools have a unique opportunity to support mental health.

Strengthening Children's Mental Health Train-the-Trainer

This one-day training is designed for the person responsible for training staff in an organization or community setting. Using the latest...

STRESS: How to cope better with life’s challenges

Discusses health problems caused by stress and tips for managing stress.

SUPPORTIVE MINDS Online Mental Health Tool

The SUPPORTIVE MINDS online tool provides guidance to parents who may be concerned about their children's behaviour and mental...

Sweat is the Best Antidepressant: Video, highlights & slides from 2016 Physical Activity Forum

Video, 117 minutes, and slides. At the recent 2016 Physical Activity Forum, Dr. Guy Faulkner provided an overview of the evidence...

Take It EASY Tutorial: Video

Video, 10 minutes. This tutorial will provide you with information about the Take It EASY program and manual so you can run this...

The mental health and well-being of Ontario students. Findings from the OSDUHS 1991-2015

CAMH report with findings regarding social, physical and mental health of Ontario youth from the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey...

The Wellness Dividend: How Employers can Improve Employee Health and Productivity

This report provides employers and benefits consultants with a state-of-the-art, evidence-based overview of why investing in employee...

Walking the Labyrinth to Relaxation, Reflection, Renewal, and Connection

This resource describes what a labyrinth is, its history and benefits, five stages of a labyrinth walk, suggestions for walking one, and...

YDRS: Move Your Mood

This session highlights the research and development of the Move Your Mood program for children and youth accessing Mental Health. It looks...

Youth Mental Health Resources From the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

This section of CAMH provides information about the mental health issues that affect youth and suggestions about how you can support your...
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