Young Adult Disability Database
Brand new in 2022, this is an entire database dedicated solely to highlighting disabled voices in Young Adult literature.
YADDB is meant to function as a curated list of YA books featuring disability representation. For the purposes of this database, "disability" includes, but is not limited to: chronic illness, neurodivergence (including learning disabilities), mental health, Blindness/visual impairment, Deafness/Hard of Hearing, physical disabilities, and more.
You can filter the database, and the button below is filtered for a 'mental health' search - young adult fiction books about mental health issues.
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Coping Using Mindfulness - 'What Youth Say' + Resources
Life can be challenging. Taking time to be mindful – to stop and notice what’s going on within you and around you – can help with recognizing and reducing stress, anxiety and other intense experiences. Learning simple techniques can grow your awareness of what’s going on and what you can to do to create more ease in your life.
Click the button to check out links to learn more about mindfulness, how it might help, to try out simple practices, and to find out what apps and other tools exist that may help.
Aged 18-30? Learn to Manage Anxiety Series
“Youth Mindfulness has allowed me to truly accept my anxiety rather than try to get rid of it. I have learned that acceptance is a huge part of moving forward and managing my anxiety… The Youth Mindfulness group allowed me to be myself and openly share my experiences with others. Mindfulness group did an amazing job of creating a safe, trustworthy, respectful and non-judgmental space. I will carry this positive experience with me forever and will continue to refer this program to others that would find this helpful and supportive.”
Past Participant, Summer 2018
Where and When?
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.673.6178
The Youth Mindfulness Program is a FREE 7-week program for 18-30 year olds experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety, stress, worry, etc. The program is facilitated by clinical counsellors who use mindfulness practices and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help participants change their relationship to their anxiety and help them live rich, full and meaningful lives. Previous participants have reported decrease in anxiety and an increase in overall well-being as well as feeling more resilient, empowered and connected after taking the program.
Participants learn healthy coping skills, connect with other youth in the community, and get support all in a safe and friendly environment. The program is overseen by Masters in Counselling Graduates and it is part of the Y Mind initiative.
The group provides a safe, supportive environment where youth can meet others who have had similar experiences and includes:
If anxiety is impacting your life and preventing you from doing what you want or need to do, this group can help support you. Join us to learn mindfulness techniques, get helpful tools and resources, and meet other like-minded youth.
Attending an information session is mandatory prior to participating in the program. Register for an upcoming information session by emailing us (please include your contact information and birth date).
Above are details for the Vancouver program...if you prefer, there is also a program you can ask us about that is happening in Surrey.
Any questions? Ready to register?
Contact 604.673.6175 or email contact info & birth date:
CAVE Career and Vocational Exploration is for youth 15-29 looking to find their fit in the workplace. Participants get real tools and training to find and keep a steady job.CAVE is a great training option for youth to build their workplace skills and confidence, identify job goals, and create a plan to get there.
*You do not need to be a student to receive this service*
Gastown Vocational Services
The Youth and Young Adult Program (YYAP) assists youth and young adults to obtain work experience, employment and/or to access educational and skill training programs. One-to-one job coaching and supported employment services are delivered to each 16-29 year old referred to the program.
GVS Youth Job Developers have specialized training and experience in relating to and accommodating for this unique population. A smaller caseload of youth clients allows the Youth Job Developer to offer individualized, highly supported, flexible employment/educational planning.
Mind Your Mind
Mindyourmind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. We work with young people aged 14-29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.
We do this through our Design Studio model, in which young people work directly with facilitators, content experts, and designers to brainstorm, design, and develop our projects. Our goals are to promote wellness, reduce the stigma around mental health, and increase access to community supports, both professional and peer-based.
At mindyourmind, young people are valued as experts in their own experience and choose to engage in whichever way makes sense for them. Youth are involved in everything that we do, every step of the way. We explore, co-create and prototype using iterative cycles that involve youth and adult partners to discuss and design what matters to them in mental health. Our smoothie video is a great a look at our engagement approach.
Everything we do originates through interaction with youth and the professionals who serve them. Working alongside young people, every actor in the system has the potential to make meaningful change in how we conceptualize and ensure the mental wellbeing of Canadian youth.
mindyourmind impacts systems change by increasing the capacity of young people to reach out, get help and give help through the use of technology, engagement and research-informed innovation.
Youth Mindfulness Resources
Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: "on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment” (Jon Kabat-Zinn). Much of our stress and pain comes from being pulled away from the present moment.
Check out some great mindfulness audio resources.
Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
Meetup also has groups that are young adult related.