TYH: Program For Youth Anxiety

By CKPGToday
January 30, 2018 - 7:14pm Updated: January 30, 2018 - 8:58pm

The Y is offering a new program, targeting 18 to 30 year-olds who struggle with mild to moderate anxiety. Catherine Hansen tells us more on today's To Your Health.



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(Catherine Hansen - Reporter:)
A grounding meditation to help mindfulness is one of the tools leader Laura Bass will use to help youth in the "Y Mind" program.

(Laura Bass - Y Mind:)
"Over the seven weeks, we'll be going over tools, mindfulness strategies and techniques such as visualization, grounding exercise, breathing exercises to help youth manage their stress and anxiety."

The program was created to help young adults manage stress, worries and anxiety. It's offered in conjunction with the Province and Foundry. Young people have the chance to learn strategies to manage anxiety with help from trained professionals.

"This program offers help to individuals that are struggling, who might not otherwise reach out for help. Stress and anxiety, especially in this age group, from external factors in our environment are quite predominant, so this will help offer tools to that population that might be struggling."

"Y Mind" is aimed at a cross section of the population who currently doesn't have much support. It's the first time the YMCA of Northern BC has offered the free-of-charge program. It also comes with a membership to the gym.

"There's a huge benefit to using exercise to help manage stress and anxiety, so we really want to highlight that in the program, as well."

The first session of "Y Mind" begins February 13th. Those interested need to attend an information session beforehand at Foundry, across from City Hall. To your health, Catherine Hansen, CKPG News.

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