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.

MIND FIT & MIND FIT OUTDOORS – AGES 13-19

YMCA Mind Fit, in partnership with organizations across the province, is a 8-week program for teens ages 13-19 with mild to moderate symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.   Participants, in a small group setting of 10-12 teens, will have an opportunity to connect with and learn from others in their community who are going through similar experiences.  YMCA Mind Fit is run out of the Westhills Y (Langford) and the Downtown Y.

Program Information

Mind Fit and Mind Fit Outdoors are mental wellness and physical activity programs that supports teens in learning healthy coping skills and incorporating physical fitness into their mental health plan. “Mind Fit” is a two hour program based at the Westhills Y combining an hour of activities and discussions about mental health and coping skills followed by an hour of fitness programming. “Mind Fit Outdoors” integrates time outside trying new skills and connecting with the local natural environment (on land and on sometimes on the water) with healthy coping skills and information about incorporating outdoor activity into teens mental wellness strategies.

Both versions of the program are co-facilitated by a mental health professional and an activity specialist.

Eligibility:

  • Ages 13-19
  • Experiencing depression, low mood, anxiety, worry, stress (a formal diagnosis is not required)
  • Participate in an information session
  • All fitness and ability levels welcome

Benefits

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

Registration Information

Information Sessions: 

Attending an information session is mandatory prior to participating in the program. Eligible participants will meet program staff, participate in a one-to-one interview and complete intake and assessment forms. Following the information session, Y staff will contact all applicants to notify them of their status.

Downtown Y – Mind Fit Outdoors – Thursday September 17th and Thursday September 24th, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Westhills Y – Mind Fit– TBA Fall 2020

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Program Sessions:

Downtown Y – Mind Fit Outdoors – Thursday October 1st – November 5th, 4:00-6:00pm (may also include a possible full day program on a weekend, TBA)

SD62/West Shore – Y – Mind Fit Outdoors – Dates TBA Fall 2020

TEEN MINDFULNESS – AGES 13-17

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.

Program Information

The group meets weekly for six weeks and is run in a welcoming and supportive environment.  Program facilitators are trained mental health professionals and are 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 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.

“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

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

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

Registration Information

The Teen Mindfulness Groups are being offered in Victoria in partnerships with SD61 schools. Please contact us for a listing of schools and contact information.

*If you are interested in bringing the Teen Mindfulness program to your school or community we are looking for delivery partners across Vancouver Island.

Attending an information session is mandatory prior to participating in the program. 

 

YOUTH MINDFULNESS GROUPS – AGES 18 – 30

The Youth Mindfulness Groups are now being offered online during the COVID-19 center closures.

Everyone experiences worries and anxiety. The key is to learn how to make sure these don’t get in the way of doing things you care about!

The YMCA Mindfulness Groups offer a free 7-week psychoeducational and support group for youth ages 18-30 who experience anxiety. Participants learn healthy coping skills, connect with other young people in the community, and get support all in a safe and friendly environment. Programming is supervised by trained mental health professionals.

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 seven-week 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 Mindfulness Groups.

Registration Information

Information Sessions:

Information Sessions:
*The Youth Mindfulness Groups are currently being offered through the Zoom online platform until such time as Y facilities reopen. Our hope is that our fall dates will be happening in person, but will occur online if we are not able to meet in person.*

All participants must register for an online information session and a one on one intake to register for the program. Dates and times for information sessions and a registration link are below:

Summer Cycle Online:  June 8th 5:00pm, June 10th 3:00pm, & June 16th 5:00pm

Downtown Y: Wednesday September 23rd & 30th, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm

Westhills Y: September 23rd & 30th, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm

Register Now for an Info Session

Program Sessions:

Summer Cycle Online: Wednesdays July 8th-August 19th, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Downtown Y: Wednesdays, October 14th – November 25th, 5:00-7:30pm

Westhills Y: Tuesdays October 20th – December 1st, 5:30-8:00pm

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

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 local community resources:

Anxiety BC

Mood Disorders Association of BC


DOWNLOADABLE POSTERS

Download a Mind Fit poster.

Download a Youth Mindfulness poster.


CONTACT US


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.

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