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Y Mind Teen – AGES 13-18
Y Mind Teen is a free seven-week program delivered across BC. This program supports teens ages 13 to 18 who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety to learn and practice evidence-based strategies to cope with stress and anxiety. Y Mind Teen is led by trained mental health professionals and educators and gives teens the chance to connect with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.
- Program Information
The group meets weekly for seven weeks and is run in a welcoming and supportive environment. Program facilitators are trained mental health professionals and educators skilled at teaching healthy coping skills based on evidence based approaches of Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (a Cognitive–Behavioural approach).
Participants engage in fun and creative activities to promote learning and discussion, and have the opportunity to connect with others who are going through similar experiences so they don’t feel alone.“The Y Mind Teen 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 Y Mind Teen Participant
- Ages 13-18
- Experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, stress, and/or worrying (no formal diagnosis required)
- Ability to attend an Information Session as well as all group sessions
- Not currently experiencing severe mental health symptoms
- Registration Information
The Teen Mindfulness Groups are currently being offered in Victoria in partnership with SD61 schools in person, as well as online and in person through our community partner sites up island in Comox-Courtenay, Port Hardy and various locations on the east island. We anticipate there will be options for in person as well as online Y Mind Teen groups in the fall of 2021.
The registration process for Y Mind Teen includes attendance at an Information Session (either online or in person, depending on the site) and a brief intake meeting with one of our facilitators. Please contact us for information on how to register with our school and community partner sites.
Y Mind Youth – AGES 18 – 30
The Y Mind Youth programs are currently being offered online due to COVID restrictions, but we anticipate offering in person as well as online groups in the fall of 2021.
If anxiety is impacting your life and preventing you from doing what you want or need to do, this group is for you. Y Mind Youth is a free seven-week program delivered across BC. Y Mind Youth supports people ages 18-30 who are experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety to learn and practice evidence-based strategies to increase coping. This group is led by trained mental health professionals and gives young adults the chance to connect with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.
- Program Information
The group provides a safe, supportive environment where you can meet others who have had similar experiences and includes:
- Educational workshops about anxiety and other mental health related topics
- Practicing evidence-based mindfulness techniques during workshops, a proven tool to help manage anxiety
- An introduction to 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 two-month YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island gym membership to encourage young adults 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 to learn mindfulness techniques, get helpful tools and resources, and meet other like-minded youth.
Check out this video about the Y Mind Groups.
- Registration Information
*The Y Mind Groups are currently being offered through the Zoom online platform. We anticipate offering in person groups starting this fall, with an online option for those not in the Greater Victoria area. There may also be in person groups offered through our community partner sites up island – if you are not from the South Island, please let us know so we can support you in accessing a group (either in person or online) in your area.
All participants must register for one of our online information sessions and a one on one intake to register for the program. Dates and times for the Victoria information sessions and a registration link are below:
Downtown Victoria (in person group) Tuesday September 21st & 28th, 2021. 5:30-6:30pm
Online Group – Wednesday September 29th & October 6th, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
- Please contact Fiona at email@example.com if you are unable to make one of these times.
Downtown Victoria (in person group): Tuesdays – October 12th-November 23rd, 2021. 5:30-8:00pm
Online Group: Wednesdays – October 20th-December 1st , 2021, 5:30-8:00pm
If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please contact the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at : 1-888-494-3888, go to the hospital, or call 911.
For additional support, please check out these online resources, or contact us for a list of local mental health supports:
Download a Y Mind poster.
Still need more assistance….
Y Mindfulness Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Ymindfulness/
If you are in crisis or need emotional support you can visit www.youthspace.ca 6pm-midnight PST or by texting 778-783-0177
If you need immediate crisis or emotional support, please contact the 24 hr Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888.