Ages 18 to 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 the Robert Lee YMCA in downtown Vancouver or at the SFU Community Engagement Centre located at the Surrey City Centre Library to learn mindfulness techniques, get helpful tools and resources, and meet other like-minded youth.

Attending an information session is mandatory prior to participating in the program. Register for an upcoming information session by emailing us (please include your contact information and birth date).

To learn more, contact 604.673.6178 or


  • 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:

Click here to learn more about other YMCA mental health programs.

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please contact the Vancouver Crisis Centre at 604-872-3311, go to the hospital, or call 911.

For additional support, please check out these local community resources:

Anxiety BC
Inner City Youth Clinic
Peer Navigator Program

Wondering what mindfulness is?  Check out an interview with program facilitator Sarah Blackmore who was on Roundhouse Radio recently:

Listen Now

Watch the video we made on the Youth Mindfulness Group

Wondering who you can talk to for help? Click here for the Youth Resource Directory.


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.

Founding Partner, Surrey                                    








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