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Participate in a survey and help shape walking programs to benefit mental health of older adults

November 26, 2013

moodwalksMental health organizations and individuals with lived experience of mental illness are invited to complete a brief survey for Mood Walks, a project to support community mental health organizations across Ontario to launch educational walking programs for older adults.

Mood Walks is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario, with support from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The project is currently in the planning phase and Mood Walks groups are anticipated to begin in Spring 2014. Mood Walks will promote both physical and mental health by reducing barriers and creating new opportunities for adults between 50 and 65 years of age to be physically active. All participants will receive Safe Hiker training from Hike Ontario and participate in trail hikes and educational events organized by their local Conservation Area during the next Healthy Hikes Challenge, which will take place from May to October 2014.

The purpose of this survey is to learn about the needs of potential Mood Walks partners or participants. Survey participants are asked to fill out either the Survey for Mental Health Organizations or the Survey for People with Lived Experiences. Feedback from participants is important in order to design a better program.

For individuals who wish to complete the Survey for People with Lived Experiences and do not have access to the Internet, or would prefer to complete the survey on paper, an alternative PDF version is available to download and print. Completed surveys can be returned by mail or fax (or scanned and returned by email). Instructions are printed on the survey.

For more information about Mood Walks, visit the website.

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