We are 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% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental health issue. Schizophrenia affects an estimated 1% 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 BC, after motor vehicle accidents.

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

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