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Programs for Youth

The Crisis Centre’s Youth Programming provides the building blocks for life-long resilience and well-being through single workshops and multi-session programming. Our interactive and practical programs are suitable for youth aged 12 through 19. We work with schools, community-based programs and alternative programs for youth with social, behavioural, learning and mental health challenges. 

 

PROGRAM UPDATE: MindFlip – Brain Science Tools for Everyday Living (previously Mindful Tools for Everyday Living) will be available this fall as a self-paced online program, suitable for classrooms or independent youth learning. Additionally, we have limited capacity to offer this program facilitated live in alternative settings.

 

Request a program today! (Or read on for details)

Request Self-Care for Mental Health Workshop

  • Single-session workshop (70 to 90 minutes)

Request MindFlip — Brain Science Tools for Everyday Living

  • Self-paced online modules – coming up this fall

Request Real Talks (NEW)

  • Available in Vancouver, Burnaby and the North Shore schools (limited capacity)
  • Peer-led 4-session program for high school youth (Talks are organized and co-facilitated in partnership with schools)

Elementary Aged Youth

Self Care for Mental Health (Single-session workshop)

What is it about?

For youth in grades 6 and up, this engaging, single-session online workshop (70 to 90 min) discusses the continuum of mental health and the importance of taking care of our mental health. Topics include: what is mental health, what is self-care for mental health, and the need for boundaries and limits, with special attention to social media and screen time.

Through experiential activities, videos, games and discussions, youth learn ways to take care of their mental health and each participant will create their own personalized “self-care plan” that includes resources available to support in times of crisis or need.

What difference will it make?

This workshop will provide a common understanding about mental health and allow youth to personally identify what influences and supports their own well-being. Over 80% of youth participants consistently indicate they learned something new and find the presenters to be engaging.

Who are the facilitators?

Trained and supported volunteer facilitators provide this workshop. They speak about mental health and self-care from their lived experience.

Is it available online?

Yes! Workshops tend to be most effective when youth participate on their own personal computers, either from their homes or in a computer lab. This session can be delivered virtually with youth and staff in the same classroom if needed.

Who's it for?

Youth in grades 6 to 12.

Book today!

Request workshops here. Available at no cost. Donations welcome!

MindFlip - Brain Science Tools for Everyday (Self-paced online modules)

Coming up - fall 2022.

This program is suitable for youth in grades 5-7 as a teacher-/ parent-facilitated learning.

Cost: Free 

What is it about?

MindFlip is a self-paced  youth-friendly online version of our four core modules of Mindful Tools for Everyday Living program, intended for independent or group learning. MindFlip teaches brain science and skills for mental fitness, including emotional regulation, self-awareness and -compassion, and mindful tools to deal with stress and life challenges. Sessions utilize videos, interactive content, and guided practices.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to mindfulness & how it can support our mental health
  • Brain science that supports mindfulness and practical tools for effective self-regulation
  • Why it’s beneficial to have greater awareness of our thoughts and emotions
  • Learning and practicing compassion for self and others
  • The value of noticing the “good” stuff in our lives, especially in difficult times

What's In It For You?

Interactive content to access at a teacher-pace and review as needed.

Workbook ideas for teachers and parents to facilitate student learning - included at no cost.

Both youth and school/program staff report gaining practical skills through our mindfulness programming.

Recommendations of local Youth Resources - included

To inquire about or request access for the MindFlip pilot, please complete this form.

 

Secondary Aged Youth

Self-Care for Mental Health (Single-session workshop)

What is it about?

This engaging, single-session online workshop (70 to 90 min) introduces teens to the continuum of mental health and the importance of taking care of our mental health, similar to our physical health. Topics include what is mental health, what is self-care for mental health, and the need for boundaries and limits, with special attention to social media and screen time.

Through experiential activities, videos, games and discussions, youth learn ways to take care of their mental health and each participant will create their own personalized “self-care plan” that includes resources available to support in times of crisis or need.

What difference will it make?

This workshop will provide a common understanding about mental health and allow youth to personally identify what influences and supports their own well-being. Over 80% of youth participants consistently indicate they learned something new and find the presenters to be engaging.

Who are the facilitators?

Trained and supported volunteer facilitators provide this workshop. They speak about mental health and self-care from their lived experience.

Is it available online?

Yes! Workshops tend to be most effective when youth participate on their own personal computers, either from their homes or in a computer lab. This session can be delivered virtually with youth and staff in the same classroom if needed.

Book today!

Request workshops here. Available at no cost. Donations welcome! 

MindFlip - Brain Science Tools for Everyday Living (Self-paced online modules)

Coming up - fall 2022.

Cost: Free

What is it about?

MindFlip is a self-paced  youth-friendly online version of our four core modules of Mindful Tools for Everyday Living program, intended for independent or group learning. MindFlip teaches brain science and skills for mental fitness, including emotional regulation, self-awareness and -compassion, and mindful tools to deal with stress and life challenges. Sessions utilize videos, interactive content, and guided practices.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to mindfulness & how it can support our mental health
  • Brain science that supports mindfulness and practical tools for effective self-regulation
  • Why it’s beneficial to have greater awareness of our thoughts and emotions
  • Learning and practicing compassion for self and others
  • The value of noticing the “good” stuff in our lives, especially in difficult times

What's In It For You?

This program is available free of charge, and can be requested by school staff, parents or youth.

Suitable for both in group- and independent learning.

Interactive content to access at a self-pace and review as needed.

Workbook ideas for teachers and parents to facilitate student learning (available at no cost).

Both youth and school/program staff report gaining practical skills through our mindfulness programming.

Recommendations of local Youth Resources - included

To inquire about or request access for the MindFlip pilot, please complete this form.

Real Talks -- Peer-Led Youth Program (In-partnership with schools)

***Thanks to the support by the District of North Vancouver and a generous donation of a private founder (also a former Crisis Centre volunteer!), Real Talks are available at no cost to public schools on the North Shore and in Vancouver (limited capacity).

What is it about?

Real Talks is a youth-led initiative that creates space for conversations about mental health, ways to support well-being and accessing support in times of struggle.

The program was conceptualized by North Shore youth who identified the need for a peer-led model for mental health promotion in their schools. In partnership with the Crisis Centre of BC, Real Talks has been piloted by Sutherland and Sentinel Secondary over the past two years with great success. Read the story here.

We are pleased to coordinate more Real Talks in the 2022-23 school year!

Four structured and highly-interactive Talks are co-facilitated by a trained Crisis Centre’s Youth Educator and a student peer-leader. The topics include:

  • We all have mental health
  • The importance of self-care
  • Brain & body science of stress and mindfulness
  • Practical tools and strategies for self-regulation
  • How to be there for self and others
  • Resources for youth

The sessions are organized and promoted in partnership with the schools. Crisis Centre provides content, the Youth Educator and the school liaison to help with promotion and coordination of the Talks.

The suggested program format is four weekly sessions (60-90 minutes), each delivered by the trained Crisis Centre’s facilitator (joining virtually or in person) and a student Peer Leader at the school.

What is needed?

  • 1-4 Student Peer-Leaders to co-ordinate and co-facilitate interactive discussions and activities with support from the Crisis Centre.
  • One school staff to oversee the coordination of the program and the sessions (active participation of the school counsellor/teacher is a must). 
  • A group of youth participants 10-20
  • The safe space for sharing, and tech setup to support the slides and videos is needed.
  • Participant sign up is voluntary and attendance at all four sessions is ideal, but not required.
  • Peer-leaders are encouraged to complete a 4-hour Skillfully Responding to Distress training (optional and at no cost to schools or students).

Interested to bring Real Talks to your school?

Please, fill up this form, and our staff will be in touch!

Crisis/Suicide Response Training

What is it about?

We offer youth-oriented training that provides teens with practical skills to help support their peers and build connections to resources for further support. For youth, training programs available are Skillfully Responding to Distress (half-day online), Start (60-90 min online), safeTALK (half-day in person).

What difference will it make?

Research shows that youth are more likely to confide in their peers when experiencing thoughts of suicide than they are to approach an adult. Our engaging and practical training programs help teens feel prepared for these conversations and gain skills to respond effectively and with confidence. Learn more about Skillfully Responding to Distress, Start, and safeTALK.

Who are the facilitators and trainers?

Our trainers are certified trainers and are passionate, skilled who have a strong ability to tailor to youth groups.

Book today!

If you are interested in booking a training for a youth group, please contact us here.

 

If you are a post-secondary institution, please request programming here. Tailored offerings are available.

 

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