Mood Walks for Campus Mental Health is a province-wide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature, or “green exercise,” as a way to improve both physical and mental health. Led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with Hike Ontario, Conservation Ontario, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants Mood Walks provides training and support for postsecondary institutions to launch educational hiking programs, connect with local resources, find volunteers, and explore nearby trails and green spaces.
Mood Walks Retreat held on August 1, 2018
More than 20 campuses attended a special Retreat hosted by CMHA Ontario in partnership with Ryerson University. The event served as an opportunity for campuses to learn more about the program, as well as learn from those already experiencing the benefits of campus walks. To learn more about the Retreat please click here.
Click here for the PDF version of the information package.
Watch this interactive webinar to learn more about the Mood Walks and learn how Ryerson successfully runs their Mood Routes greenspace strolling initiative:
Interested in becoming a community partner? Read our Partnership Guide to find out how your organization could benefit by supporting a Mood Walks program!
Interested in volunteering with a Mood Walks group? Read our Volunteer Guide to find out how you can get involved.
If you have any questions, contact our Project Coordinator, at [email protected]
Other Ways to Get Involved in Mood Walks
- JOIN THE MOOD WALKS MAILING LIST
Stay up-to-date with project news and events.Use the sign-up form in the sidebar.
- CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION
Find out if they have a hiking group. If not, let them know you’re interested in joining a group. Encourage them to visit moodwalks.ca for more information about starting a Mood Walks group on their campus.To find the Ontario college or university nearest you, search the Council Of Ontario Universities or Colleges Ontario.
Or use our branch locator to find your local CMHA.
- START YOUR OWN MOOD WALKS GROUP
The Mood Walks Program Manual can help you plan, implement, and evaluate your hiking group. It offers practical strategies and tools that can be tailored to meet your organization’s needs and goals, including information about how to overcome challenges, spark enthusiasm among participants, and maintain motivation.Register for free access to the Mood Walks Program Manual.
The Many Benefits of Being Active in Ontario’s Green Space
An increasing body of evidence suggests that one of the best ways to improve your mental well-being is by simply spending more time outdoors.
Did You Know?
Did you know doctors have been prescribing hikes? Walking in nature has been proven to provide health benefits such as: increased energy and immunity, increased weight loss and fitness, increased Vitamin D production, and reduced risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.
A daily walk in nature can be as effective in treating mild cases of depression as taking an antidepressant.
Download the Infographic
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The Nuture of Nature: Natural Settings and Their Mental Health Benefits
Minding Our Bodies literature review, March 2013
Infographic: The Benefits of Nature, Conservation Ontario