CMHApro­gram to help young adults

The Daily Courier - - LIFE & ARTS -

The Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion is launch­ing a new pro­gram, AC­TIVE, to im­prove the phys­i­cal and men­tal health of young adults in Vernon.

It is es­ti­mated 10 to 20 per cent of Cana­dian youth are af­fected by a men­tal-health is­sue. Schizophre­nia af­fects an es­ti­mated one per cent of the pop­u­la­tion and of­ten emerges be­tween the ages of 16 and 30. Sui­cide con­tin­ues to be the sec­ond lead­ing cause of death among 15 to 24 year-olds in B.C, af­ter mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, says the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Young peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal health con­di­tions face unique chal­lenges. This may be a re­sult of their symp­toms, med­i­ca­tion, dif­fi­cul­ties sleep­ing, iso­la­tion, fi­nances, or cop­ing with stress.

“Re­search has found that reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is ef­fec­tive in man­ag­ing de­pres­sion and re­duc­ing the symp­toms of anx­i­ety. Ex­er­cise helps coun­ter­act with­drawal, iso­la­tion, low self-es­teem, in­ac­tiv­ity and a feel­ing of hope­less­ness,” says Sue Myhre, man­ager of pro­grams and ser­vices for CMHA Vernon.

“This low-bar­rier pro­gram brings youth to­gether in a pos­i­tive com­mu­nity while en­cour­ag­ing move­ment.”

With sup­port from the Telus Thomp­son Okana­gan Com­mu­nity Board “we can pro­vide trans­porta­tion, speak­ers and a va­ri­ety of fun group ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age move­ment and healthy life­style at no cost to par­tic­i­pants” said Myhre.

To learn more about the Vernon branch, visit the web­site at vernon.cmha.bc.ca or call 250-542-3114.

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