Grounded in CBT principles, Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) and Bounce Back® are evidence-based skill-building programs designed to help youth manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Articulated around the same supporting booklets, participants learn to identify their thoughts, emotions and behaviours and how to break the cycle of unhelpfulness.
LLTTF was initially designed as a group-based, in-person program. Due to the recent pandemic, the course is now delivered virtually over 8 weeks. The new format proves to be successful among youth who have the opportunity to test their new skills through interactive activities whilst retaining social connectedness; an essential component of mental wellbeing. In this workshop, we will present the audience with one of the course activities that revolves around identifying thoughts and feelings.
Bounce Back® was developed as an online resource for folks who are inclined to a more individualistic, self-paced approach. With this program, you can pick and design your very own course by selecting the themes and booklets you wish to work on.The possibility to work with a coach over the phone makes this self-help program very personifiable.
By presenting our two sister youth CBT-based programs, we are offering free and/or low-cost solutions to educational organizations to address their students' mental health and wellbeing. Moreover, with LLTTF and Bounce Back®, youth can pick the format approach that suits them best!
Melodie Larbalestier is the Living Life to the Full Program Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association- BC Division. Her role entails supporting the program facilitators nationally and coordinating numerous projects targeting youth, adults and older adults. One of her current initiatives is the completion of the Living Life to the Full Youth material translation in French.
Navjot K. Gill is the Youth Program Coordinator for BounceBack at the Canadian Mental Health Association-BC Division. She coordinates numerous initiatives that aim to increase program awareness and access for youth 15-18 years old, including a referral pilot project with BC secondary school counsellors, youth advisory committee, and youth-targeted promotional campaigns.