YMCA Calgary > Y Mind
Y Mind is funded by the Government of Alberta, and presented in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary.
Who is Y Mind for?Y Mind programs are for Teens aged 13-18 and Youth/Young Adults aged 18-30 who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and stress. (note – a formal diagnoses of anxiety is not required)
Why is the program important?Everybody experiences stress, anxiety and uncomfortable emotions – it’s totally normal! How we cope with these things can make the difference between suffering and withdrawing from people, activities and opportunities or moving forward in a way that allows us to live our best, most fulfilling life.
If stress and anxiety are preventing you from doing the things you want or need to do in life, then this program is for you!
What will I get out of it?Participants will learn and practice a variety of evidence-based strategies to help them cope more effectively with stress and anxiety. You will leave with a better understanding of what anxiety is and why our body and mind respond the way they do.
You will be equipped with tools to help you connect with the present moment, acknowledge, and make room for difficult feelings, defuse unhelpful thoughts and take committed action towards your goals in alignment with your values and what’s most important to you. All while taking a compassionate approach with yourself.
This course is facilitated by trained and caring staff in a safe and supportive group environment. Participants will benefit from the opportunity to connect with others of a similar age who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.
All participants will receive a free YMCA membership for the duration of their time in the program as well as a participant workbook and a copy of the Illustrated Happiness Trap book by Russ Harris.