CMHA launches mental health fitness program for young adults

CMHA launches program to improve the physical and mental health of young adults

The Canadian Mental Health Association is excited to announce the launch of a new program, Active, to improve the physical and mental health of young adults.

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

It is estimated that 10-20 per cent of Canadian youth are affected by a mental health issue. Schizophrenia affects an estimated one per cent of our 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.

“Research has found that regular physical activity is effective in managing depression and reducing the symptoms of anxiety,” said Sue Myhre, manager of programs and services for CMHA Vernon. “Exercise helps counteract withdrawal, isolation, low self-esteem, inactivity and a feeling of hopelessness. This low barrier program brings youth together in a positive community while encouraging movement.”

With support from the Telus Thompson Okanagan Community Board, CMHA Vernon Branch is offering a new program for young adults that will tackle common obstacles to fitness.

“Telus’ support means that 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.

“By offering low barrier fitness programs to young adults in our community, we can continue to improve the mental health of today’s youth.”

To learn more about the Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon branch or to make a donation to improve mental health in our community, visit www.vernon.cmha.bc.ca or call 250-542-3114.