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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.

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 (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.

Attending an information session is mandatory prior to participating in the program. Register for an upcoming information session by emailing us (please include your contact information and birth date).

Info Session Dates & Times Program Dates Days Time Location
April 8 or 15
5:30–7:00pm
April 29–June 3 Wednesdays 5:30–7:00pm H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre
4075 Gordon Dr, Kelowna

To learn more, Call Jan at 250-317-7980 or email ymind@ymcaokanagan.ca

Keep scrolling for information on eligibility and other resources.

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



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For a glimpse into what joining a Teen Mindfulness Group is like, check out this video filmed at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver:

"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

Crisis Support

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, call 911, go to the emergency room or connect to a BC crisis line by calling 1-888-353-2273. Learn more


The Y Mind initiative gives teens and youth the opportunity to join free programs across the province. Y Mind has been developed by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and is funded through a partnership with the Province of British Columbia.

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