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Prince George youth can now access YMCA of Northern BC’s mental health program online

Y Mind initiative provides free avenue for stress, anxiety issues in young people
Teen struggling with mental health. (via Stock)

The YMCA of Northern BC is moving one of its key mental health and wellness programs to a digital platform as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Young people in Prince George and across the region will now see the organization’s free Youth and Teen Y Mind initiatives moved online with social and physical distancing still being encouraged to stop the spread of the virus.

This means participants aged 13 to 30 experiencing stress, worry or anxiety during the outbreak, as well as in their personal lives, can still receive support.

“We are thrilled that the YMCA was able to convert this valuable program into an online version so quickly,” said Judy Darcy, B.C.’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions in a news release, who also introduced Here2Talk yesterday (April 16), a free mental health support system after hearing a lack of resources for post-secondary students.

“Now, more than ever, young people need to know that it’s okay to reach out for help to deal with the anxiety, stress, and depression that many people are feeling during this difficult time. Staying connected is more important than ever.”

The ministry is a big supporter of Y Mind, the release explains, which uses evidence-based courses taught by professionals for the six- and seven-week programs for ages 13-17 and 18-30 respectively.

Youth can also access several online fitness videos via the YMCA of Northern BC.

They can also start signing up for Y Mind starting May 4.

More information about all youth health and wellness programs and how to register can be found on the Prince George organization’s website.