Robert Lee YMCA

Ages 13 to 18 / Adults 19+

Did you know that moderate to vigorous exercise is proven to be effective in improving symptoms of depression? YMCA Jumpstep is a 12-week program for teens and adults with mild to moderate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

In partnership with the Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDABC), this program uses an evidence based approach of group medical visits lead by a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists run a one-hour session focused on medication management and education on mental health topics. YMCA staff facilitate activities and discussions to support participants in learning healthy life coping skills. Following this, a YMCA fitness professional leads a group fitness class to support participants to increase their physical activity and build social connections. The fitness professional will support participants in trying new exercises (such as indoor soccer, strength building , and cycle fit) and will tailor sessions to meet group and individual needs. Participants will have an opportunity to connect with and learn from others in the community who are going through similar experiences.

Adults 19+ Stream
Groups of approximately 14-16 people meet weekly for 12 weeks. Program currently runs at the Robert Lee YMCA in downtown Vancouver.

Teens 13-18 Stream
Groups of approximately 10-12 teens meet weekly for 10 weeks. For more information on Jumstep for Teens click here

Eligibility: Participants must be 13+ and experience symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Prior to joining the program applicants must complete a PAR-Q Plus Form and obtain a doctor’s referral to confirm their eligibility for the program.

Steps to register:

  1. Call 604.673.6170 or email to register for an information session.
  2. Complete a PAR-Q Form
  3. Obtain a doctor's referral
  4. Complete an online Participant Medical Questionnaire through the secured MDABC web portal provided to you once you've submitted your doctor's referral letter

At the information session, eligible participants will meet program staff, participate in a one-to-one  interview and complete intake and assessment forms. Following the information session, YMCA staff will contact all applicants tonotify them of their status.

For further support, please contact the Peer Navigator Program.

Teen stream supported by:


Supported by the BC Physical Activity Strategy.

Robert Lee YMCA

View Larger Map 955 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y2
Phone: 604-689-9622
Fax: 604-699-9622
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Program Materials

PAR-Q Plus Form

The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) confirms that you are cleared to participate in a physical activity program.

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