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PERFORM Colloquium: On the Road to Positive Mental Health


For those of you who were unable to join the webinar live, the stream is now available for everyone to watch here or on YouTube.


Mental health problems affect the lives of a significant number of people each year. Lifestyle choices (e.g. good diet, adequate sleep, leisure engagement) can have a positive impact on the mental health and well-being of all individuals including those with mental health problems.

This webinar will provide an overview of mental health, mental health problems, and some of the positive choices we can make to improve our overall mental health.

Questions answered offline:

The last three months have been especially difficult for many of us. I have found some relief in turning to “quiet time” which allows me to disconnect from technology and reflect on my thoughts. I have also spent time enjoying the sights and sounds of nature while taking long walks. At first, I failed to slow down. I think slowing down and reconnecting with yourself is important to maintain positive mental health moving forward. I hope this helps.

That is a great question. There is certainly a complex relationship between sleep and health. Many of the MHP I am familiar with (i.e. ADHD, Schizophrenia) impact sleep. There is also the complex interaction between medication, health problems and sleep. Changes to our daily routine that have a positive impact on our sleep are a good thing.


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Speaker Bio:

Shawn Wilkinson PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University. He teaches both leisure and therapeutic recreation courses offered by the department. He plays a pivotal role in helping to prepare pre-service leisure professionals for their careers in therapeutic recreation and community leisure.

His current research focuses on the development of leisure education programs for persons living in the community. He is currently working on several research projects that provide leisure education services to elementary aged school children, older adults, and persons living in the community with serious mental health problems.

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