Youth Mental Health & Wellness

Flex Your Head

Launching January 15th Mondays – 3:30pm-4:30pm @ The Warehouse 

*Must sign up and have completed permission form before participation 

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. 

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 warehouse@bgckawarthas.com

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!

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