Know a Teen Who Needs Support?
For those who are ages 13 to 18 and struggling with mild-to-moderate anxiety or stress, the YMCA's Y Mind Teen program can help. It is a free seven-week mental wellness program delivered across Canada by YMCAs and our community partners.
Want to learn more or register? Fill out the form below and someone from our team will get back to you soon. Those outside the Greater Vancouver region are welcome to submit the form as well. Our team will connect you with a Y Mind program closest to you.
Free, seven-week program for those experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or stress.
Learn proven coping skills and meet peers who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.
Each session is 1.5 hours long and is offered one evening a week, for seven weeks.
Must be available to attend all seven sessions.
Attendance at one information session is required to sign up.
Participants receive a free YMCA membership for up to 14 weeks.
- Ages 13 to 18
- Experiencing stress or mild-to-moderate anxiety
- Residing in B.C.
- Our upcoming Y Mind Teen programs will be offered in April 2024.
- Length: seven-week program
- Time commitment: 1.5 hours one evening a week for seven weeks
- Our spring 2024 cohorts will be offered in-person in downtown Vancouver at the Robert Lee YMCA, Surrey at the City Centre Library, and Coquitlam at the Bettie Allard YMCA.
- Virtual programs via Zoom and in-person programs in other communities are available periodically.
“To all teens feeling unsure or nervous of joining Y Mind, it’s SO well worth the beginning awkwardness and fear, for a long-term set of tools and friendships along the way! This group had a major impact on my anxiety.”
- Past Y Mind Teen Participant
The Y Mind program is also for ages 18+.
Did you know that Y Mind is now available in 24 YMCA associations across Canada? To generate awareness of the expansion of the program, YMCA Canada has partnered with Walk off the Earth to re-record the iconic Y.M.C.A. anthem--now reimagined for today's need of community and open dialogue on mental health. Watch the video below!
Frequently Asked Questions About Y Mind Teen
Yes! The program is free for participants thanks to our generous funders.
No! You don't need to be a member to join Y Mind. In fact, Y Mind Teen and Youth participants attending Y Mind at YMCA BC receive a FREE YMCA membership for up to 14 weeks.
Y Mind is a mental wellness group-based program for people experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety, stress, and worry. Perhaps this is your first-time seeking help or anxiety is something which is starting to impact your life. This could be the program for you. Participants of the program learn about stress, worry, anxiety, and ways to cope using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness.
Over 4000 people have attended Y Mind across Canada, and through evaluating the outcomes of the program, we have found that those who come to Y Mind experience a decrease in anxiety and an increase in their well-being.
Y Mind is not a therapy group. It is a space to learn tools and strategies to cope with anxiety and live the life you want to live alongside other people.
Each week for seven weeks, you will attend a group session for 1.5 hours which will have approximately 10 to 12 participants and two program facilitators. You will receive a workbook to help you keep track of your learning, as well as a copy of the book The Happiness Trap which gives more information on how to use tools from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In addition to learning ACT, you'll also try the techniques out in the sessions, take part in fun group activities, practice mindfulness, and connect with others in the group.
Individuals who are between the ages of 13 and 18 experiencing stress, worry, and mild-to-moderate anxiety, and residing in British Columbia are eligible to participate in the Y Mind Teen program. You do not need a diagnosis or doctor’s referral to be able to participate. Teens who wish to participate also do not require parental consent.
No, you do not need a diagnosis or doctor’s referral to participate in Y Mind. Participants who are experiencing stress, worry, or mild-to-moderate anxiety can self-refer. Teens ages 13 to 18 do not require parental consent to participate.
Y Mind is offered at YMCA locations and by our community partners across BC. The current YMCA associations that offer Y Mind either in-person or online include YMCA BC in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Kamloops, and Northern BC; YMCA/YWCA of Vancouver Island; and YMCA of Southern Interior BC. If you live outside of these communities and want to see if Y Mind is available near you, please email us at email@example.com or fill out our inquiry form.
All Y Mind facilitators have a Master’s or Bachelor's degree in Psychology or Social Work and are experienced in youth mental health, as well as in facilitating groups. Our facilitators are understanding, caring, and supportive. Many have their own experiences of navigating anxiety, so they understand that attending a group like Y Mind is often a big and brave step. Our facilitators are there to explain the Y Mind concepts, facilitate connections with your peers, and support you throughout the program.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a powerful mindfulness-based therapy which currently leads the field in terms of research, application, and results.
ACT gets its name from one of its core messages: to accept what is out of your personal control, while committing to action that will improve your quality of life.
The aim of ACT is to help people create a rich, full, and meaningful life while effectively handling the pain and stress that life inevitably brings. ACT (pronounced as the word “act” and not as the initials) does this by:
Teaching you skills to deal with anxious thoughts and feelings effectively—in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you. (These are known as mindfulness skills.)
Helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you (I.E., your values), and then use that knowledge to guide, inspire, and motivate you to change your life for the better.