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Y Mind

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Everybody experiences stress, anxiety and uncomfortable emotions – it’s totally normal!

Y Mind is a FREE 7-week introductory mental wellness program designed to help teens(13-18Y) and young adults(18-30Y) build valuable skills for coping with stress and anxiety. This program will be offered in-person (or online if required by government health restrictions)



Y Mind Program Information

Y Mind Teen (13-18Y) 7-week Programs will be offered in-person at the following times & locations:
Mondays: Oct 17-Dec 5, 2022 @7:00-8:30pm @ Shawnessy YMCA
Tuesdays: Oct 18-Nov 29, 2022 @ 6:30-8:00pm @ Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton
Wednesdays: Oct 19-Nov 30, 2022 @ 6:30-8:00pm @ Saddletowne YMCA
Wednesdays: Oct 19-Nov 30, 2022 @ 6:30-8:00pm @ Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge


Y Mind Young Adult (18-30Y) 7-week Program will be offered in-person at the following times and location:
Thursdays: Oct 20-Dec 1, 2022 @ 6:00-8:30pm @ Remington YMCA



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.



Click here to register for Y MIND




Email: ymind@calgary.ymca.ca


Y Mind FAQ

Q: How do I register for Y Mind?

A: Anyone interested in attending a Y Mind program must attend an Information & Intake session first to be considered for the 7-week program. Registration can be completed on our online program registration portal by clicking here

Q: Why can’t I register for the 7-week program directly?

A: Y Mind may not be suitable for everybody. We want to ensure you are matched with a program that best fits your needs.

Q: If I attend an Information and Intake session am I guaranteed a spot in the 7-week program?

A: Not necessarily. During the Information and Intake session, you will have an opportunity to meet with facilitators 1-1 to discuss your reasons for joining the program and what you hope to get out of it. Depending on each person’s circumstances you may be offered a spot in the program, asked to return for a future program or referred to a different program or service better suited to your needs. Each Y Mind group is formed with the best interests of all participants in mind. Participants will be informed of their place in the program at the end of the intake cycle.

Q: How do I know if this program is a good fit for me?

A: Y Mind may be a good fit for you if:

  • You fall within the appropriate age category (13-18) or (18-30)
  • You are able to attend all 7 weekly sessions
  • You experience mild-to-moderate anxiety and stress (individuals experiencing severe anxiety and stress that significantly impacts their ability to perform daily activities likely require more support than what Y Mind is intended to provide)
  • Anxiety is your primary concern right now (as opposed to other mental, physical, social or economic health concerns)
  • You are willing to learn and participate in a group environment with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings
  • You are open to the experiences and opinions of others, even if they are different from your own
  • You understand and can apply the use of metaphors to learn about and discuss topics related to anxiety and coping skills
  • You feel comfortable learning and communicating in English

Q: What is the educational background of Y Mind Facilitators?

A: Y Mind facilitators come with a variety of educational backgrounds and experience, including Counselling Psychology, Youth Work, Social Work, Conflict Resolution, Gender Studies, Sexual Health, Education and more. All facilitators are trained in the Y Mind Curriculum and approach, including Mindfulness, foundational concepts of ACT & Self Compassion.

Q: I think this program will help my teen, but they’re not sure. What should I do?

A: In order to get the most out of this program, it’s important that all participants feel ready and motivated to attend, learn and participate. Please talk to your teen about the program prior to signing them up. Your teen is welcome to attend an information and intake session to see if it’s the right fit for them at this time or not. If a teen expresses that they are not interested, it’s better for them to wait until they are ready.

Q: Can parents attend with their teen/young adult children?

A: Parents are welcome to attend the Information portion of the Information and Intake session, however all participants must attend the 1-1 Intake Interview on their own. To maintain safety and confidentiality of participants, we do not allow unregistered persons into the 7-week program sessions.

Q: Can siblings or friends attend together?

A: Generally, we recommend that siblings attend separately so that family dynamics do not impact their willingness to participate openly in the program. With siblings and friends alike, it is important to consider whether their presence together will be supportive or prohibitive of an immersive experience.

Q: Is Y Mind a group therapy program?

A: No, Y Mind is not group therapy. It is a psychoeducational program that uses education and experiential learning to teach healthy coping skills for stress and anxiety. Mindfulness activities and foundational concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are incorporated throughout the program.

Q: I have more questions that are not answered here, where I can get more information?

A: Please email ymind@calgary.ymca.ca or leave a message at 403-300-0997 and we will get back to you.