The YMCA Teen Mindfulness Group (Mind Medicine) program is a low barrier 7-week support group for teens ages 13-19 who experience stress and/or mild-moderate anxiety. Participants learn healthy coping skills based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness, connect with other youth in the community, and get support all in a safe and friendly environment. The group provides a safe, supportive environment where teens can meet others who are experiencing similar feelings and includes:
- Engaging discussions about stress, anxiety and other topics
- Practicing evidence-based mindfulness techniques during workshops, a proven tool to help manage stress and anxiety
- Educational tools from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidenced-based therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies
- Take-home resources to help manage stress and anxiety in between weekly meetings
The YMCA supports and works collaboratively with community agencies across BC to increase the access to mental wellness programming to youth. The current Fall 2020 Teen Mind Medicine program is being offered to members of the Malahat community and is a partnership between with Malahat Nation’s Social Programs department and CMHA-Cowichan Valley Branch.