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Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Week: an essential part of recovery at CAMH

Believe. Belong. Become.

On the surface, Recreation Therapy at CAMH may seem like good times and fun games, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg of its benefits for clients.

Therapeutic Recreation promotes the development of social and functional skills, and increases confidence and self esteem. It also encourages a healthy involvement in leisure and recreation.

Runners warm up for CAMH’s 2007 Run for Recovery event. Recreation therapists and their clients are active participants in this annual event, which draws people from all over the community.

“You can’t overstate the positive contribution of recreation on one’s personal outlook and overall health, though sometimes it can be overlooked,” says Regina Wasalinska, a Recreation Therapist in the CAMH Law and Mental Health Program.

From February 4-8, CAMH is participating in an Ontario-wide Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Week, with a whole range of fun activities and events for clients, families, and staff members.

“The word recreation is really a very beautiful word. It is defined in the dictionary as 'the process of giving new life to something, of refreshing something, or restoring something.' This something, of course, is the whole person.”

Bruno Hans Geba

Staff and clients can learn more about how therapeutic recreation helps an individual Believe in themselves, Belong to the community, and Become everything that they want to be.

“The times we spend enjoying ourselves and challenging ourselves are the times that can help us lead richer, fuller and more rewarding lives,” says Heather Johnston, who’s also a Recreation Therapist in the Law and Mental Health Program.

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