CMHAprogram to help young adults
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.