Ages 13-19

Did you know that physical activity can improve mental health? Studies have shown that regular physical activity can be as effective as medication or cognitive therapy for improving mental health and effectively treating depression and anxiety.

The YMCA, in partnership with organizations across BC, has developed Mind Fit a physical and mental wellness program for teens aged 13-19 experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of depression and/ or anxiety in BC. The program is designed to support teens in learning how to incorporate physical activity into their mental wellness plan.

During the program a group of 10-12 teens meet at the YMCA for 8-weeks to discuss healthy coping strategies and to try new physical activities.

In the first hour, the mental health clinician leads the group in sharing and learning from one another. Together they set achievable exercise goals; examine barriers that might prevent sustained participation in regular physical activity, and discuss tools and strategies to help make getting active easier and more fun. 

The second hour is led by the Physical Activity Specialist from the YMCA and the group tries out new games, sports, and fitness classes each week, both indoors and outdoors. Mind Fit is fun, active and engaging!

Eligibility

  • Ages 13-19
  • Experiencing depression, low mood, anxiety, worry, stress
  • No formal diagnosis is needed
  • All fitness levels welcome

Benefits

  • Opportunity to try a new physical activity every week
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Mind Fit is FREE; YMCA membership is not required
  • Participants receive a complimentary 12-week YMCA gym membership
  • Learn from experienced professionals how to manage mental health in a safe environment

In Vancouver, Mind Fit for Teens runs at both the Tong Louie Family YMCA and Langara YMCA – call or email today to find out dates, times and register for a Information Session!

604.673.6182 mindfit@gv.ymca.ca  
*Attendance at one information session is a mandatory step in applying for the program.


Mind Fit will also run at:

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

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


About Mind Fit

Mind Fit is an innovative early-intervention mental health initiative that allows teens proactively take control of their physical and mental wellness using a holistic, psycho-social approach in a safe, confidential and fun environment.


  

Supported by the BC Physical Activity strategy