Mental health challenges shouldn’t get in the way of doing what you love. Our programs help overcome barriers and get you on the right track to where you’d like to be.

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 Y Mind Teen 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 in Nanaimo, Comox-Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Hardy and several indigenous communities through K’wumut Lelum. Y Mind Teen is also offered online through other Y’s and partner sites in BC. See below for links and contact information:

In Person Y Mind Teen Groups:

Nanaimo & area: Contact | Counselling Services | British Columbia (islandcommunitycounselling.ca) – Earl Blacklock/Kaska Wierzbinska

Campbell River: Laurie Overton laurie.overton@crfs.caCampbell River Family Services (crfamilyservices.ca)

Port Hardy: Don Kattler don.kattler@mhrp.ca

Online Groups:

Y Mind Teen Online  – Offered through the Greater Vancouver YMCA

Program Dates: TBA

To register, please contact Rowena at Ymind@gv.ymca.ca

For SD61 groups: Please contact Fiona at mindfulness@vancouverislandy.ca, or your school counsellor to connect you with a program in your area.

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.

 

Y Mind Youth – AGES 18 – 30

The Y Mind Youth programs have now returned to in person delivery in Victoria held at the Downtown Y on Broughton St. Online groups are still available through our partner sites on Vancouver Island as well as other Y’s across BC.

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

Information Sessions:

The Y Mind Groups are now being offered again in person at the Downtown Y in Victoria.  If you are not able to attend these for any reason, both online and in person groups are available to those in other parts of BC and Vancouver Island. Please contact us at mindfulness@vancouverislandy.ca 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. Note that currently those interested in attending the in person groups must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to show their vaccine passport to enter the Y building (stay tuned for updates). The dates and times for our next Victoria information sessions and a registration link are below:

Information Sessions:

Fall Group #1, Downtown Victoria: Tuesday September 20th and 27th, 5:30-6:15pm

Fall Group #2, Downtown Victoria: Wednesday October 5th and 12th,  5:30-6:15pm

Program Sessions:

Fall Group #1, Downtown Victoria – Tuesdays, from October 5th-November 16th, 2022. 5:45-8:15pm

Fall Group #2:  Downtown Victoria – Wednesdays, from October 26th – December 7th, 2022. 5:45-8:15pm

Register Online

Online Groups Offered by Y’s across BC:

Y Mind 18-30  – Offered through the Greater Vancouver YMCA

Program Dates: TBA

To register, please contact Rowena at YMind@gv.ymca.ca

Y Mind Adult 31+  Offered through the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA

Program Dates: TBA

To register, please contact Romina at mentalwellness@kamloopsy.ca

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:

Anxiety BC

Mood Disorders Association of BC

Foundry – Where Wellness Takes Shape – (foundrybc.ca)


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Still need more assistance….

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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.

 

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