Y Mind

Everyone experiences worries and anxiety. The key is to learn how to make sure these don’t get in the way of doing things you care about!

The Y Mind curriculum includes education and experiential learning about evidenced-based tools and strategies grounded in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness in order to do the following;

  • Engage young people in early-intervention mental wellness support.
  • Support participants who experience mild-to-moderate anxiety to learn effective skills to cope with their symptoms.
  • Educate participants in an introductory level knowledge and practice of the tools/strategies from the main concepts of ACT & Mindfulness.
  • Create a safe environment for participants to connect with others who have similar experiences.

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Y Mind Teen

Y MIND Teen

Participants learn healthy coping skills, connect with other teens in the community, and get support all in a safe and supportive environment.

Who: Participants aged 13-18 year who experience mild-moderate symptoms of anxiety (No diagnosis required)

Cost: FREE

Facilitation: In-person and Virtual programs are available.

Group size: 8-12 participants per cycle

Program: Each program cycle is 7 sessions, over 7 weeks – Sessions run for 1.5 hours

Y Mind Youth

Y MIND Youth

Participants learn healthy coping skills, connect with other youth in the community, and get support all in a safe and supportive environment.

Who: Participants aged 18-30 years who experience mild-moderate symptoms of anxiety (No diagnosis required)

Cost: FREE

Facilitation: In-person and Virtual programs are available.

Group size: 8-12 participants per cycle

Program: Each program cycle is 7 sessions, over 7 weeks – Sessions run for 2.5 hours with a 10-15 minute break during each session

Supporting participants mental health journey

While Y Mind Groups can be effective and supportive for many individuals, it does not mean it is the best fit for everyone. We want to ensure that wherever youth are at in their mental health journey, they are getting the appropriate kind of support.

As such, during the intake process, facilitators will discuss with the youth, their experience of anxiety and their willingness to participate in the program to determine together their readiness and confirm if this will be the most suitable support for the youth at this time.

Program Audience
Y Mind Youth aims to support those experiencing mild to moderate anxiety.

Mild to moderate anxiety may have an impact on daily life, but does not severely interfere work, activities and relationships. Despite having days where worry and uneasiness feel particularly challenging for youth experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, they still manage to engage in daily life activities.

⊕ Mild to moderate anxiety may show up in the following ways:

  1. Feeling nervous, stressed, worried, restless or tense.
  2. Experiencing a general sense of uneasiness and nervousness.
  3. Spiralling in thoughts that may be about something that happened in the past, something you are worried about happening in the future, or self-judgement and self-criticism.

⊕ Moderate to Severe anxiety may show up in the following ways:

  1. Feeling relentlessly tense, worried, and on edge.
  2. Interference with work and relationships – calling in sick, screening calls, not leaving room/home.
  3. Believing something bad will happen if certain things are not done a certain way.
  4. Avoidance of everyday situations or activities because of anxiety.
  5. Experiencing sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic daily or weekly.

 

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please contact the ConnexOntario Helpline: 1-866-531-2600, go to the hospital, or call 911.

For additional support, please check out these local community resources:

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