RECREATION IS REFRESHING AND REVITALIZING
What is life without joy and passion? Sometimes when individuals and family systems are fighting the battle for renewed mental health, ensuring the presence of enjoyable experiences and playfulness with one another can fall to the wayside. Ironically, those experiencing psychological distress require recreation more than anyone. At Northwest Passage, the team works to get to know each client as an individual including their interests and hobbies. A concerted effort to work each youth’s interests into their treatment is made precisely because of the knowledge that building in enjoyable experiences into each and every day is how to begin to build a life that clients want to wake up to each morning. Concurrently, staff members are encouraged to bring their own personal passions to work to share their joy with one another and expand the horizons of the children with whom they work. Like the other therapeutic lifestyle choices, recreation is one that often will overlap with others including service, exercise, and time in nature.
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“FINDING ACTIVITIES THAT CAN IGNITE PASSION AND BECOME HOBBIES, HELPS DEVELOP PERSONAL SATISFACTION AND A SENSE OF MASTERY.”
The PassageWay is grounded in solid research. If you’re interested in learning more about the background of our approach, please dive in and investigate some of the resources we’ve used in developing our guiding principals.
THE ART OF BEING MENTALLY HEALTHY
Written by Christina Davis et al. of the University of Western Australia, concerning the impact of recreation on mental health, which can be found here: The Art of Being Mentally Healthy
- Good mental health or being ‘mentally healthy’ can be defined as a state of well-being whereby an individual is able to contribute to their community, cope with the stresses of everyday life, is able to realize their potential and work productively.
- Encouraging the population to “shift” their behavior to encourage well-being is a common strategy in the public health literature as this approach can benefit more individuals (overall) than targeting only high risk individuals.
- Emotional gains [are] likely to accrue once an individual attained a certain level of understanding and knowledge about an art-form, activity or event.
ACTIVE KIDS FACE LESS DEPRESSION
A recent study suggests that children who get more exercise may have fewer symptoms of depression than their peers who are less active. Read an overview of the study the article: Active kids less likely to be depressed later on.
- Find the original study here: Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Symptoms of Major Depression in Middle Childhood
IT’S ALL CONNECTED… The individual elements of the PassageWay are deeply ingrained with one another. Check out some of our favorite stories about recreation!