About the Session:
Mood Walks is a provincial program that provides training and support for community mental health organizations across the province of Ontario to launch educational walking programs for young people who experience mental health issues. Mood Walks promotes both physical and mental health by reducing barriers and creating new opportunities for people to be physically active in nature. The most recent project cycle (2015-2017) focused on building capacity among 40+ community organizations (including 3 campus sites) to support youth who are at risk of, or experiencing, mental health issues. This session will share outcomes from the project, resources, barriers and successes on campus – as well as next steps and best practices. Mood Walks is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario, with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Jasmine Ferreira has worked in non-profit settings for more than 9 years. Her work experience includes outreach, program delivery, counselling, communications, health care policy, employment and crisis intervention. Jasmine has a Master of Social Work, is a Registered Social Worker in Ontario and has her Child and Youth Counsellor designation.
Deena Kara Shaffer is a learning specialist in Ryerson University’s disability services office, and co-initiated its campus Mood Routes walking/rolling program. Deena is also a doctoral candidate, studying how excursions in nature can be used as learning strategies, a published poet, freelance writer on education and wellness, and a mother of two girls.
John has been an educator for many years, and an outdoor enthusiast for even more. He looks for the ways in which these common interests capture the link between student wellbeing and academic success. He’s a strong believer that walking outside with others is a simple act that embodies that idea.