Living Life to the Full for Youth: a mental health promotion course that teaches teens resilience skills
Adolescence is a high-risk time for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Living Life to the Full course is a face-to-face course designed to help people deal with everyday life’s challenges by learning helpful skills using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) principles. This evidence-based course was developed for adults by an international expert and adapted for Canadian youth by youth in 2014.
In 8 weekly 1.5-hour sessions, the course covers topics such as combatting low mood and isolation, problem-solving, healthy thinking, managing anger and anxiety, and boosting self-esteem. This evidence-based program has been proven to increase well-being and resilience to prevent mental health problems. The vast majority of BC youth who took part of the pilot reported favourable outcomes. The course is an example of a “social and emotional learning” curriculum: the group format teaches skills to help youth manage negative emotions and develop healthier coping techniques and builds social supports at the same time.
The Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division (CMHA BC) holds the exclusive licence to the program in Canada and is hoping to offer virtual and in-person courses for BC youth over the next two years.
If you would like to bring the course to youth in your community between September 2021 and March 2023 (schools and other youth settings are welcome to apply), please click on the link below by July 15th.
By filling the form, your organization will have a chance to receive free courses (total value per course: $2,400.00). If you are successful, you will be partnered with your local CMHA branch as the course is delivered by a licensed trained facilitator. If there is no CMHA branch nearby, we still invite you to apply as we will consider training your own staff if they meet some requirements. Staff who can become facilitators are school counsellors, youth support counsellors or youth support workers.
If you want to know how the course works, please watch this video realized by one facilitator in Fort St James, BC!