Reprinted from "Mind-Body Connection" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 10 (2), p. 40
Healthy Living Toolkits
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has two resources on health and well-being: The Healthy Living Toolkit for Families offers information, strategies, and resources for families who are supporting a young person with a mental illness and want to improve health and well-being, while Healthy Living, Healthy Minds: A Toolkit for Health Professionals supports providers who are helping young people. These toolkits discuss healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, and sleep, along with tools and resources to build healthy changes into your home routines. The Healthy Living toolkit for Families is available in English, French, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. To read, download, or order these toolkits, visit www.keltymentalhealth.ca/toolkits.
Self-Management BC, administered by the University of Victoria, empowers people to manage chronic health problems, including depression, and find strategies to live well. They offer free in-person workshops around the province as well as the Online Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Health professionals will find resources on motivational interviewing, empowerment, problem-solving, health coaching, and other strategies to support healthy changes. For more, visit www.selfmanagementbc.ca.
Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Life
Bounce Back offers self-help for mild to moderate depression, low mood, stress, and anxiety. The program can help you boost activity levels, and there is a module specifically for people who experience a chronic health problem. You can either follow DVDs (available in French, English, and Cantonese) or complete a workbook with telephone support from a community coach. Bounce Back is free with a doctor’s referral. For more information, visit www.bouncebackbc.ca.
Active After School
Active After School is a resource for after-school service providers in Canada. They encourage physical activity, good nutrition, and skills development to improve the well-being of children. Active After School also have a comprehensive resource section with initiative, information, and materials for programs like like Healthy Bodies, Happy Kid; FUNdamentals for children who experience physical health, mental health, or behavioural challenges; the Flourishing Children Project; and adaptations for inclusive play and activities. For more, visit www.activeafterschool.ca/resources.
Minding Our Bodies toolkit
Minding Our Bodies in Ontario has created a toolkit to help people develop physical activity or healthy eating programs for those who are experiencing or recovering from a serious mental illness. The “making the Case” section of the toolkit offers good information and evidence in support of healthy living strategies to support mental well-being, and you’ll also find a literature review. For more, visit www.mindingourbodies.ca/toolkit.
This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of resources.