Did you know that recreation therapy can be an important part of your mental health?
“Recreation Therapy is a vital quality of life service for those accessing help for mental health or addictions challenges,” noted Sherri Nelson, Practice Leader, Recreation Therapy.
Taking part in leisure activities that are meaningful to an individual helps to improve their mental and physical health. Activities we do for enjoyment give us a break from the stresses of daily living, improve our mood and coping skills, help manage symptoms and enable social connection with others.
“People experiencing a mental illness or addictions challenge may also face social isolation, loneliness and lack social supports,” said Nelson. “Leisure activities are an important part of our overall well-being and should not be overlooked or dismissed as unimportant.”
Recreation therapy for those recovering from an addiction can assist with relapse prevention, reduction in cravings and help lessen symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Engaging in meaningful activities also helps individuals avoid boredom, which can be a major relapse trigger.
Recreation therapists work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to ensure services are client centered and integrated into their overall treatment plan for mental health wellness.
Speak to your mental health and addictions services health care provider for a referral to recreation therapy.