The For You Programme is a 20 hour per week group problem-solving experience for adults in recovery from mental health or addiction issues. The physical health and therapeutic recreation components of the program have been fully integrated in the curriculum since the inception of the programme in 1978.
The body education and leisure education components comprise approximately 6 hours per week of the programme's schedule with a range of cooperative games and sports activities in the gym and weight room as well as yoga, Pilates and stretching activities. There are also weekly community-based leisure activities which may include activities such as swimming, ice-skating, bowling, nature hikes and visits to various leisure and recreation facilities in Greater Toronto.
Health and wellness education in the body education classes covers topics such as human anatomy and physiology, interaction of the body systems, nutrition, genetics, reproductive health, stress management, and disease prevention. There is also an introduction to complementary, naturopathic and holistic practices to enhance their awareness of the biological, physical and social determinants of health.
Participants play a role in the programme's development by bringing suggestions for topic areas and bringing their own expertise to activities for the classes. Participants also provide feedback. Previous participants in the programme have returned to share their experiences with current participants and to comment on the activities that were most transformative.
A challenge for the program is the limited funds for group activities. Participants themselves have limited access to transportation funds and appropriate clothing. Funding for the programme comes from the Ontario Ministries of Health and Training, Colleges and Universities.
For more information, contact:
Intake Coordinator, Mental Health Supported Education Programs
George Brown College
416-415-5000, ext. 4570
E-mail: sconnors [at] georgebrown [dot] ca