This guide looks at: Observing children and youth’s mental health; Mental health promotion; and, What does a quality, active after school program look like?
Fostering positive mental health in children is an important aspect to leading quality of life. More than 800,000 children between the ages of four and 17 years of age experience a mental health condition, and most never receive formal treatment. Early prevention and intervention efforts can ensure parents/caregivers can seek and obtain the help their child needs.
Physical activity offers important opportunities to positively influence an individual’s mental health, in addition to providing a range of other benefits. This includes: enhanced mood, increased confidence and resiliency, decreased stress, improved body image, and improved working memory/concentration.
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)