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Enabling Minds

Physical activity can play an important role in promoting positive mental health and supporting recovery from mental illness. Given that people with a mental health-related disability are at increased risk of developing chronic physical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, physical activity is strongly recommended to reduce risk and help manage chronic physical conditions.

People living with a mental health issue may encounter barriers that prevent them from accessing physical activity resources at community centres, private fitness clubs, public parks and other recreation or fitness facilities. These barriers may be related to social determinants such as poverty that disproportionately affect people living with mental illnesses; they may arise from the mental health condition itself; or they may be related to the stigma surrounding mental illness.

The Enabling Minds project aims to reduce barriers for people with mental health-related disabilities to participate in physical activity programs offered by recreation and fitness organization by developing tools and training resources to support organizations in the recreation and physical activity sector to meet the requirements of the customer service and information and communication standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Learn more about the Enabling Minds project by visiting the project website.