Y Mind Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary

One year after its deployment, the YMCAs of Québec’s mental wellness program has already had a major impact in the lives of youth in Québec

Montréal, June 19th, 2024 – Launched in June 2023 in a post-pandemic context, the Y Mind program has quickly become a vital and key resource to meet young people’s mental health support and wellness needs. In one year, Y Mind has welcomed 23 groups (half of them virtual, thus demonstrated the format’s usefulness for people who are isolated), helping close to 200 participants.

“Y Mind makes a difference in participants’ lives, by first teaching them techniques to manage stress and anxiety, but also by connected them with peers who are going through similar experiences,” states Y Mind Coordinator Roberto Mormina.

The program’s numbers have exceeded initial projections—in which only 10 groups were planned—which is very encouraging especially as the number of young people aged 15 and older with a generalized anxiety disorder has doubled from 2012 to 2022, going from 2.6% to 5.2%.1

A real solution

Open to teens aged 13 to 18 and young adults aged 18 to 30, this free program is intended for people experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety or stress. For seven weeks, participants benefit from the support of mental health specialists, who teach them mindfulness-based and acceptance and commitment therapy-based strategies. Participants receive a manual and exercise book to help them put these techniques into practice. 

The approach also helps break the feeling of isolation so many people with anxiety face. The bonds forged in the sessions are often so strong that they persist well beyond the end of the program. 

Discover Valentine’s story and see how the program helped this former Y Mind participant. 

A network of partners

Over the course of its first year, the program has become a credible resource in the mental wellness ecosystem, cementing relationships with different key players to reinforce its impact. As such, the program can count on a network of community partners, promoting cohort organization and new participant recruitment.

About Y Mind Canada 

Created by YMCA BC and offered in British Columbia since 2018 thanks to support from the provincial government, the program was launched to meet the growing need for free and accessible mental health support services. It quickly became a pillar of support for youth in the region, reaching over 3,200 young people across 54 communities. Building on this success, the program was expanded across Canada, including in Québec. With the support of YMCA Canada and YMCA BC, Y Mind is now offered in YMCAs across the country. 
In 2023, the program was adapted into French as YMCA Libère ta tête and launched in Québec with the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Today it is supported by the Government of Québec, the City of Montréal, and the YMCAs of Québec Foundation.  

To learn more about Y Mind, please visit www.ymcaquebec.org/en/YMind.  

About the YMCAs of Québec

Since 1851, the YMCAs of Québec is a charitable organization whose mission is to encourage and inspire all people to fulfill their potential, thrive and contribute to their community. Its diverse expertise goes beyond the walls of its centres. In addition to the online programming, the 1,200 employees and 550 volunteers of the YMCAs of Québec support activities in more than 150 intervention locations in Québec, Canada and abroad.

This work is done daily thanks to the unwavering support of its team, members, participants, partners, volunteers, donors and its Foundation.

To learn more, visit www.ymcaquebec.org.


For Media Inquiries: 
Isabelle Huiban

Integrated Communications Director - The YMCAs of Québec
514 222-4307

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