Teen Mindfulness Group- Downtown Victoria

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.

Program Information

The YMCA 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 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

Eligibility

  • 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.  Attending an information session is mandatory prior to participating in the program.  For more information about where the program is being offered, please email us at mindfulness@vancouverislandy.ca Or for more information call: 250.386.7511 ext 413.

Information Sessions

Downtown  – Wednesday April 17th & April 24th 2019, 4:30pm

Program Sessions

Downtown  – May 1st – June 5th, 2019 (weekly on Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm)

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

*If you are interested in bringing the Teen Mindfulness program to your school or community we are looking for delivery partners across Vancouver Island.  Please contact Fiona at fhough@vancouverislandy.ca 

Event Date
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Event Location

Victoria YMCA-YWCA
851 Broughton St
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E5

To Register

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).

Contact

To register please contact Fiona at
mindfulness@vancouverislandy.ca
250-386-7511 ext 413