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It's okay to ask for help.

Do you worry a lot about school, making friends or what others think of you? You’re not alone—everyone feels stressed, worried or anxious sometimes. But, with some help, you can learn coping techniques so that these feelings don't prevent you from doing the things you want or need to do.

The Teen Mindfulness Group is a free 7-week psychoeducational support group for young adults ages 13–18 that provides:

  • Online and/or in-person sessions
  • A safe, comfortable, welcoming and fun environment
  • Connection with other teens who have similar thoughts and feelings
  • Guidance and support from mental health practitioners
  • Educational tools from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidenced-based therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies
  • Fun and creative activities to promote learning and self expression
  • A free YMCA gym membership to allow participants to work on their physical and mental health in one safe space during their time in the program

Attend an info session to learn more.

Fall info sessions start in October.

Text or call 250-868-7202 or email ymind@ymcasibc.ca.

Eligibility

  • Ages 13–18
  • Experiencing anxieties, stress, and/or worrying (no formal diagnosis required)
  • Ability to attend an information session as well as all 7 group sessions
  • Not currently experiencing moderate-severe mental health symptoms

Crisis support

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, call 911, go to the emergency room or connect to a BC crisis line by calling 1-888-353-2273. View the CMHA’s support directory for more information.

Funding

Teen Mindfulness Groups are part of the Y Mind initiative, which gives teens and young adults the opportunity to join free programs across the province. Y Mind has been developed by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and is funded through a partnership with the Province of British Columbia.

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Impact Video

We are a local charity determined to build a healthy and thriving community. Whether it’s homework help for vulnerable kids, mindfulness strategies for youth, or heart health programs for seniors, see the range of who and how we are helping individuals at all ages and stages.

Kiah’s Y is Wellbeing

I was struggling in a difficult situation while feeling isolated in a new town and I just couldn’t cope. The YMCA Youth Mindfulness program provided me with a space to let my emotions out and connect with people similar to myself so that I didn’t feel so alone.