Youth Wellness and Education
Low-mood, stress and anxiety don’t wait for you to be ready. Acknowledging your mental health early can make a difference. The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that that total number of 12 to 19 year olds at risk of depression is a staggering 3.2 million. This means that close to 30% of Canadian youth could be affected. Helping youth help themselves becomes increasingly important.
CMHA serves youth aged 7 to 18 offering prevention-based education sessions for youth and youth leaders in school and club settings to address youth substance use, mental health promotion and suicide prevention, equipping youth with knowledge and tools to help manage mental health and wellness through building relationships and providing a knowledge-base of community resources to access help.
- Living Life to the Full for Youth
- Y-Mind (Teen Mindfulness)
- Bounce Back®: For Youth
- Youth Connections
- Kids Group
- Kids in Control
- Tween Group
- Teen Group
Living Life to the Full for Youth
Living Life to the Full for Youth is a fun, interactive course that will leave youth with the inspiration and tools to get the most out of life. Offered as part of the Blue Wave youth mental health program, this course has been shown to improve mood and well-being and reduce stress and anxiety.
Living Life to the Full for Youth is an eight-week community-based course that provides simple, practical skills for coping with stress, problem solving, boosting your mood, and busting bad thoughts. Adapted from the adult course, the course is designed for youth ages 13-18.
Living Life to the Full certified facilitators present a new topic at each weekly class, bringing the skills to life though booklets, worksheets, group activities and discussions.
To learn more, please reach out to Carly Skanes at 250.542.3114 Ext: 249 or [email protected].
Living Life to the Full For Youth
Y-Mind (Teen Mindfulness)
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 worry, anxiety, and stress.
CMHA Vernon & District, in partnership with the YMCA, is facilitating a Teen Mindfulness Group. This group supports teens ages of 13 to 18, who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and allows them to learn and practice healthy coping strategies to better manage stress and anxiety. The FREE group will 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 seven weeks and is run in a welcoming and supportive virtual 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.
Disclaimer: The YMCA Teen Mindfulness Group is not a Mindfulness-Based Intervention such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
Ages 13-18 and experiencing anxiety, stress, and/or worrying (no formal diagnosis required). Ability to attend an information session and well as all group sessions. Not currently experiencing moderate to severe mental health symptoms.
To learn more, please reach out to Carly Skanes at 250.542.3114 Ext: 249 or [email protected].
Bounce Back®: For Youth
We all feel sad sometimes. But when feeling low, stressed out, worried, depressed, irritable, angry – or even nothing at all – gets to be too much, remember that you do have the power to change how you feel.
Choose what’s best for you from our 3 platforms. Your journey, your pace.
BounceBack® Coaching: If you like having someone motivate and encourage you to reflect, the coaching program may be right for you. A trained BounceBack® coach will help you learn skills to improve your mental health in up to six telephone sessions over three to six months. Your coach will help keep you on track and offer support as you work through the program materials. You design your own program by selecting materials from 20 different modules. Coaching + workbooks are available in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese or Punjabi.
To learn more or to register visit click here. Direct them to this webpage: https://bouncebackbc.ca/bounceback-coaching/
BounceBack® Online: If you prefer to work independently, check out our online program. Access 20 modules that include workbooks, interactive worksheets and videos designed to help you overcome low-mood and worry. Set your own schedule and get the tools you need to help yourself. Workbooks are available in English.
To learn more or to register visit click here. Direct them to this webpage: https://online.bouncebackonline.ca/
BounceBack® Today Video: If you’re not quite ready for the BounceBack® Coaching or Online, or are waiting for your coaching sessions to begin, check out our series of online videos. The videos will provide you with practical tips on managing your mood, sleeping better, building confidence, increasing activity, problem solving and healthy living. Videos are available in English, French, Farsi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi.
Use this access code to register: bbtodaybc
To learn more or to register visit click here. Direct them to this webpage:
FAQs -You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers – Direct them to this page; https://bouncebackbc.ca/youth-faqs/
CMHA-Vernon offers FREE Youth Connections Mental Health workshops for high school students in school settings. These workshops are from one to two hours in length, and provide youth with various tools, skills, and resources to take care of their mental health.
Some topics of discussion include:
- Anxiety in Youth
- Introduction to Mindfulness
- Mental Health Resources for Youth
- Youth and Mental Illness
The team can also customize the workshops based on the needs of your students. During COVID-19 the workshops may be provided in person (following proper guidelines) or virtually via ZOOM and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
For more information or to book a workshop please email our Youth Education and Program Coordinator at [email protected]
Kids Group is for children ages 7-10 who have a parent or caregiver living with a mental illness. The Kids Group allows children to spend time with peers who are experiencing similar situations in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
The group meets once a month for a day of recreational, educational and social activities. The purpose of the group is to offer parents/caregivers a day of respite, and to help support the children in reaching their full potential through activities and education they may otherwise not have the opportunity to do.
The Kids group has a maximum capacity of 12 children. If the group is full, children will be added to the wait-list. Children are expected to commit to attending the group every month.
Kids Group Referral and Registration
Kids in Control
Kids in Control offers free education and support to children between 8 and 13 years of age, who have a parent living with mental illness. This program is prevention-focused and aims to foster resilience. Children and youth are provided with opportunities to practice healthy coping strategies, provided knowledge about mental illness and connect with peers who have similar experiences. A primary goal of the group is to let the children and youth know that they are not alone in their experience.
Kids in Control also aims to increase knowledge and understanding of mental illness. When there is a clearer understanding of mental illness, children and youth can foster compassion for their parent or sibling. It also provides the necessary language to talk about mental illness, which creates opportunities to articulate needs, access resources and process their experiences. This all helps provide a greater sense of security for children and youth.
Facilitators use a variety of activities and games to educate and support each participant. Most importantly, children and youth decide which activities to take part in. This reinforces that they are in control of some things, even if other aspects of their lives are not within their control.
- Group Building and Storytelling
- Group Building and Learning to Identify Feelings
- Learning about Healthy Boundaries and How to Communicate Feelings
- Learning About Mental Illness
- Learning about the Treatment of Mental Illness
- Developing Resiliency
- Societal Attitudes and Stigma
- Self-Care and Self Esteem
For more information please email us at [email protected]
For a referral to Kids in Control you can complete a fillable online form below or email [email protected]
Tween Group is a free group for youth aged 11-14 who have a parent or caregiver living with a diagnosed mental illness. The group meets once a month for a day of recreational, educational and social activities.
The purpose of the group is to offer parents/caregivers a day of respite, and to help support the youth in reaching their full potential through activities they may otherwise not get to do.
The Tween Group has a maximum capacity of 12 youth. If the group is full youth will be added to the wait-list. Youth are expected to commit to attending the group every month.
Please fill out the following form to refer or register.
Tween Group Referral and Registration
Teen Group is a free group for teens ages 15-18 that are living with mild to moderate mental health concerns. The group meets once a month for a day of recreational, educational and social activities. The purpose of the group is to introduce the teens to a peer support model, while teaching healthy coping and life skills.
The Teen Group has a maximum capacity of 12 children. If the group is full youth will be added to the wait-list. Youth are expected to commit to attending the group every month.