Youth Mental Health & Wellness

Healthy Habits 

Starts October 16th – December 18th

Mondays 6:00PM-7:00PM

Our healthy habits program encourages youth to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. The program is designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall wellbeing.

In addition to nutrition education, activities focus on helping youth assess, practice, identify, consider, and recognize health behaviors and messages.

Take It EASY

Starts October 10th – December 19th

Tuesdays 6:00PM-7:00PM

Take It EASY, a national program of BGC Canada, is designed to engage youth in fun and engaging small group activities. Facilitated by a trained Club staff person, each session focuses on a particular issue important to healthy development, including self-esteem, body image, violence, gender, and sexuality. Activities within these topic areas enable members to ask questions, share their opinions, and reflect upon the issues that are raised.

The main objective of the program is to foster self-esteem and confidence in Club members. More specifically, Take It EASY aims to help youth: develop social and emotional skills,  understand the role of media and social media in their lives, understand how to manage conflict in healthy ways, improve their ability to make decisions, develop positive relationships with their peers and important adult in their lives.

Youth Outreach & Mentoring

Monday – Friday 

For more information or to schedule an appt please contact Christina Mabee, Youth Services Coordinator. 705-234-4493 ext 233

Skateboard Rental Program 

September 26th– November 30th Or Until Heavy Snow

Monday to Friday 2:30PM-6:00PM

Our newly opened skateboard rental program allows youth to access skateboards at an affordable rate of $2, this is returned when the skateboard is returned. Staff will also be accepting collateral options to eliminate boundaries for youth accessing sports equipment. If a skateboard is broken while being rented, we will look at community service or payment plans for the youth to encourage accountability. Helmets will be required with each rental. We will be renting our skateboards out to youth aged 12-18.

This program will allow youth to engage in a sport that will promote physical activity, teach new skills and gain new experiences. An information sheet on the basics of a skateboard and some tips to get started will also be provided with each rental. We want all youth to be able to access and enjoy our skatepark so please come on over to the youth warehouse if you want to try one of our skateboards!

Flex Your Head

Flex Your Head is a universal mental health, education and awareness program created by BGC Canada. The purpose of the program is to help youth think about, talk about, and understand issues of mental health and wellness in a fun and engaging way. It is primarily an interactive, strength-based educational program that is not intended as therapy or counseling.

The goal is to strengthen a young person’s ability to cope with and recover from difficulty by: Creating awareness and enhancing understanding of mental health and mental illness. Helping youth develop strategies to cope with stress, promote healthy relationships and understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Topics include:

  • What is mental health and how do we talk and think about it?
  • Looking at where values come from.
  • Talking about emotions.(Importance of experiencing all emotions)
  • Introduction to mindfulness.
  • Looking at our brains and automatic thoughts. (relationship between thoughts and emotions)
  • Self-care and having compassion for ourselves.
  • Healthy relationships.
  • Resolving conflict
  • Talking about stigma – what it is and the affect that it can have.

Flex Your Head is offered in the Warehouse Youth Centre to Tweens and Teens, and also in some local schools at different times throughout the year. Program start date TBA. 

For further information or if you are looking for assistance in accessing mental health services for your child/youth; please contact : Youth Services Coordinator, Christina Mabee 705-324-4493 ext 233