Genna McCansh, Y Mind

Genna's Story

It was incredibly helpful to learn that I wasn’t the only one struggling with stress. I feel like an entirely different person! I honestly feel something fundamental in me changed.

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Ages 18–30

Everyone experiences worries and anxiety. The key is to learn how to make sure these don’t get in the way of doing things you care about!

The Youth Mindfulness Group offers a free 7-week psychoeducational support group for young adults ages 18–30 who experience anxiety. Participants learn healthy coping skills, connect with other youth in the community, and get support all in a safe and friendly environment. The program is overseen by mental health practitioners and is part of our Y Mind initiative.

The group provides a safe, supportive environment where youth can meet others who have had similar experiences and includes:

  • Engaging discussions about anxiety and other mental health related topics
  • Practicing evidence-based mindfulness techniques during workshops, a proven tool to help manage anxiety
  • Educational tools from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidenced-based therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies
  • Take-home resources to help manage anxiety in between weekly meetings
  • A YMCA gym membership to encourage youth to manage their anxiety through physical activity

If anxiety is impacting your life and preventing you from doing what you want or need to do, this group can help support you. Join us at various locations in the Okanagan to learn mindfulness techniques, get helpful tools and resources, and meet other like-minded youth.

Info Session Dates Program Dates Days Time Location
January 14 & 21 February 4–March 29 Thursdays 2:30–5:00 p.m. Online
January 19 & 26 February 9–March 16 Tuesdays 5:30–8:00 p.m. Online

To learn more, call Jan at 250-317-7980 or email

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For a more vibrant picture of what joining a Youth Mindfulness Group is like, check out this video filmed at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver:


  • Ages 18–30
  • Experiencing anxiety, stress, and/or worrying (no formal diagnosis required)
  • Ability to attend and Information Session as well as all 7 group sessions
  • Not currently experiencing moderate-severe mental health symptoms

Youth Mindfulness Groups also run at:

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. Learn more

The Y Mind initiative gives youth between 18-30 years 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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