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Real Talks: Mental Health Sessions for Youth

Begins November 16. Connect, discuss, and reflect. Learn to support yourself and others.

Real Talks consists of four, 70 to 90-minute interactive sessions, inviting participants aged 12 - 25 to learn about mental health and ways to support it.

The overarching tone of the program is one of vitality, hope and optimism. The aim is to normalize conversations about mental health and help-seeking, cultivate self-awareness, as well as to explore practical tools and resources to support self and others in need. All sessions are co-led by a Crisis Centre Youth Educator and a Peer Leader (young adult with lived experience).

***Hosted at the New West Youth Hub*** 502 Columbia St, New Westminster, BC V3L 1B1 (see map below)

(not to be confused with the New West Youth Centre/Century House uptown)

Supported by:

BONUS: Receive a $10 gift card for every session you attend! Attend all four sessions to earn certificate of completion plus a chance to win one of two $75 gift card. Food provided.

To register, email Building Safer Communities Program, Program Manager Lauren Mathias

Program content may be tailored for the audience and generally includes:

November 16, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Session 1 - Self-Care for Mental Health

Mental health as similar to physical health: it can improve or decline, requires maintenance, and sometimes requires external help. Guided Practice: Finding Your Anchor.

November 23, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Session 2 - Brain Science Tools for Everyday Living

Brain science, and simple strategies for dealing with difficult thoughts and emotions. Guided Practice: the STOP.

November 30, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Session 3 - Don't believe everything you think!

Perspective taking and tools to deal with self-criticism and negativity bias. Guided practice: Self-Compassion break.

December 7, 4:00 - 6:00 pm Session 4 - It's OK to NOT be OK How to be there for self and others at times of struggle, practical resources and support available. Guided Practice: Noticing the Good

To register, email Building Safer Communities Program, Program Manager Lauren Mathias

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