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Learn how to cope with stress and anxiety

Do you worry a lot about school? Do you worry about making friends or stress about what others think of you? You’re not alone—everyone experiences worries, anxiety and stress.

The Teen Mindfulness Group is a Y Mind program that supports teens ages 13 to 18 who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety to learn and practice healthy coping strategies. Our groups provide an opportunity for teens to learn within a safe, comfortable, and fun environment, surrounded by other teens experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.

The group meets weekly for seven weeks and is run in a welcoming and supportive environment.  Program facilitators are mental health practitioners and are skilled at teaching healthy coping skills based on evidence based approaches of Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (an evidence based approach).

Participants engage in fun and creative activities to promote learning and artistic expression, and have the opportunity to connect with others who are going through similar experiences so they don't feel alone.

Participants also enjoy a complimentary YMCA fitness membership for the duration of the program.

Info Session Dates

Program Dates

Days

Time

Location 

September 30th & October 7th

October 21st - December 2nd

Thursdays

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Online - Based in Vernon

To learn more, call Jason at 250-258-0513 or email ymind@ymcaokanagan.ca.

Eligibility

  • Ages 13–18
  • 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

The Y Mind initiative gives youth between 18-30 years the opportunity to join free programs across the province.

For a glimpse into what joining a Teen Mindfulness Group is like, check out this video filmed at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

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

Y Mind has been developed by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and is funded through a partnership with the Province of British Columbia.

“Supported by the Province of British Columbia” logo

 

Kiah’s Y is Wellbeing

Kiah's anxiety was so debilitating when she back moved to Kelowna. She decided to seek help with the YMCA Mindfulness program, learned what anxiety feels like for different people and managed to turn her life around.