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“Kicking It Out” is a program based on conversation and play.
“Kicking it out”, is a free weekly program. The focus? To help youth and adults overcome addiction and other mental health problems.”Kicking it out” combines sports, with a “sponsor” model and peer mentoring. This model will help our community overcome many mental health challenges, including addiction.
The benefits “Kicking It Out” are unique. This program incorporates traditional group counselling practices and the power of group exercise. By active listening, sharing and play, participants are able to release what they need both emotionally and physically.
A Versatile Model: In a time of COVID
Sadly, we are living in a time where physical contact creates a space of uncertainty. With health at the focus of our program, we will continue to offer our services online. We will do this by offering group counselling via internet video conferencing. We will keep our ear to ground and a close eye to what our public health leaders are recommending. As soon as group gatherings are a green light, we will expand to in person programming. Our foundation understands that in person conversation and exercise reaps the highest returns.
Support for Youth & Adults
“Kicking It Out” has both an adult and youth division. The youth division targets all genders, between the ages of 12-17 and 18 –50 for adult program . Youth and adult sessions are separate. This is to address the unique challenges different age groups face when it comes to mental health and addiction challenges.
This program takes place on a weekly basis and is free to youth and adults. Our programs are led by certified health and fitness professionals. Our counsellors, coaches and fitness experts are all amazing individuals who are donating their time. The session duration is 90 minutes . There is a 45-minute discussion followed by 45 minutes of play time.
In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem. Of those, young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group. Today, there is a lack of support programs for people struggling with addiction to get the help they need, but we believe that recovery is achievable and sustainable through the power of sport, and group motivation.
Physical activity is a proven source for improving mental health among youth and adults. While gathering to take part in a group counselling session or a soccer game may not be possible in the near future, gathering remotely to talk through struggles and get moving is possible. This program creates safe environments for youth and adults to find strength in themselves through gaining a sense of community, receiving mental health guidance, and being physically active.
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Movement & wellness are an important factor in any child's development. We know that sports teaches tolerance, perseverance, and work ethics. With our youth programming, we can support the next generation to take on what life will throw at them.