Ages 13 to 17

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 17 who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety to learn and practice healthy coping strategies to better manage stress and anxiety. 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 six 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 (ACT).

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. Snacks are also provided during each session.

"The Mindfulness Group gave me useful tools and strategies to deal with worrying, anxiety and panic attacks. Life is still a struggle sometimes, but somehow I feel less alone and helpless. I look forward to getting out of bed, and I feel like I have a whole group of people my age with similar experiences cheering me on." - Past Mindfulness Group Participant

Eligibility

  • Ages 13-17
  • Experiencing anxiety, stress, and/or worrying (no formal diagnosis required)
  • Ability to attend an Information Session as well as all 6 group sessions
  • Not currently experiencing moderate to severe mental health symptoms

2019 Group Schedule

Location
Info Sessions
Start Date
End Date

Robert Lee YMCA

Mar 4 & Mar 11

1-Apr

13-May

Tong Louie YMCA

April 3

10-Apr

15-May

Robert Lee YMCA

Sep 30 & Oct 7

21-Oct

2-Dec

Tong Louie YMCA

Oct 2 & Oct 9

23-Oct

27-Nov

Attending an information session is mandatory prior to participating in the program. Register for an upcoming information session by emailing us at teenmindfulness@gv.ymca.ca. Or for more information call: 604-673-6172.

The YMCA Teen Mindfulness Group is not a Mindfulness-Based Intervention such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. 

Teen Mindfulness Groups also run at:

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

Anxiety Canada
Foundry BC
Peer Navigator Program

We were featured on CBC's The Early Edition with Rick Cluff (scroll to 2:39:00):

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

 


             YMCA Program Partner BC Ministry of Health



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