We promote “Physical Health for Mental Health”
through programs and awareness activities.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among our youth. Depression causes 75-90% of suicides among young people. Moreover, 80 per cent of kids suffer in silence — their condition is never identified or treated. Increasingly, there is evidence from researchers that certain levels of physical activity can positively affect mental health. The results of over 30 published papers show a link between exercise and the reduction of anxiety.
– Dr. Len Kravitz, University of New Mexico
The goal of Team Unbreakable is to reduce the stigma of youth mental illness, build awareness of the issues, and to promote the positive aspects of physical health on mental health.
We raise awareness and help bring people closer to the issues through speaking engagements, workshops, special events and media. We work with students and parents, social workers, school boards, hospitals, universities and many other health and community partners.
Exercise alone can help youth deal with anxiety because:
- It provides distraction
- It reduces muscle tension
- It builds brain resources, BDNF, GABA, Serotonin and norepinephrine
- It teaches a different outcome – you learn a different response, helping you control anxiety before it turns into panic
- It reroutes your circuits
- It improves resilience – controlling anxiety before it turns into panic
– Courtesy, Dr. John Ratey, Harvard Medical School
We partner with schools and community organizations to undertake recreational youth run groups in support of mental health. All youth are welcome to participate in a supportive environment, regardless of their state of mental health. We also work with hospitals, community health agencies and family health teams to implement youth running therapy programs for those who have been referred by a professional. These programs have been shown to help youth tremendously in their battle against mental illness. If you are interested in starting a Team Unbreakable group or volunteering with Team Unbreakable please contact us here.