At the Y, we are committed to fostering the growth and development of people not just in body – but in mind and spirit as well.
The Mental Health: Learning and Leisure Centre is a community initiative of the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg that provides skills teaching and leisure programming for adults who live with mental illness, are now in recovery and require supports to participate fully in the community and work toward personal mental health goals.
Structured group, one-to-one, and peer-led experiences are used to develop functional skills in three dimensions: physical, social and emotional health.
- Physical health skill development includes education and goal-setting support for exercise, sleep hygiene, nutrition and other leisure time activities.
- Social health skill development includes education and goal-setting support for needs that are interpersonal (how to communicate effectively, set boundaries, maintain relationships and identify and access resources) and intrapersonal (how to identify, understand and manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours, how to build self-esteem).
- Emotional health skill development includes education and goal-setting support for developing emotional awareness, processing emotions, processing trauma, identifying and managing stressors, identifying and developing coping strategies for mental health symptoms and crisis planning.
- Skill enhancement courses and family educational workshop
- Leisure program activities
- Admission criteria
- How to apply
- Frequently asked questions
- Success Stories
Skill Enhancement Courses and Family Educational Workshops
Courses are offered 1-3 times per year on a rotational basis in house. Courses are held twice a week for 5-10 sessions. View our various course offerings.
Workshops are offered in house twice per year on a rotational basis. Courses are held during a half day or full day. Workshops can also be offered on-site at your organization. View our various workshop offerings.
Leisure Program Activities
The Leisure Program offers a regular program of activities designed to provide a natural social environment for recreation. Some examples include board game nights, arts and crafts, karaoke, potlucks and outings. Many of the activities are in general public facilities where participants will have the chance to enjoy themselves in a welcoming, supportive environment, meet others and develop genuine friendships. Monthly peer-led events and leisure opportunities are available for all members and have previously included Manitoba Moose games, Winnipeg Goldeyes games, Royal Winnipeg Ballet performances, museum tours and more! View a sample leisure calendar here (please note this is based on pre-covid experiences).
Individuals referred to the program should be:
- over 18 years old;
- able to participate in an intake appointment
- able to relate to others at a level appropriate for group interaction;
- interested in developing skills and personal supports;
- able and willing to attend the program two times per week;
- stabilized in their mental health; and
- able to manage the reading and writing requirements of program learning materials.
How to Apply
- Schedule an appointment by calling Mental Health Services at 204-989-5890 or 204-989-4194 or email us.
- Fill in a referral form: PDF form and send it in by fax or email
- Skill Enhancement Courses – there is no cost to take the skill enhancement courses, as the program is funded through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the United Way.
- Leisure Program Activities – There is no cost to join the group, but some activities may cost up to $3.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba
Canadian Mental Health Association
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Centre for Mental Health Services
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Eating Disorders Association of Manitoba
Manitoba Schizophrenia Society
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
Obsessive Compulsive Information and Support
Schizophrenia Society of Canada
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority