We combine education, youth experience and training to create a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can be comfortable to open up and where we can listen.

In order to gain your trust, we know we need to gain your respect. We don’t want to tell you what to do. Tell you what to feel. We want to listen to you. Encourage you. Empower you to make change in your school and community.

Not only can we support you but we don’t want you leaving empty handed. That’s why you, and every participant in our program, receives our Pocket Resource List; a categorized listing of community agencies servicing the Ottawa region that have been youth approved.

At YouthNet, your safety is our first priority. Our facilitators are certified in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and receive ongoing training. Our safety protocols have been developed with the help of medical professionals. We have our own Social Worker that provides clinical back-up if ever required.

Check out our services below and E-mail us if there are any that speak to you and your organization/school.

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GirlsTalk  
CONNECT, CONVERSE, ENCOURAGE

Girls Talk is a program that allows for young girls to connect to one another while conversing about topics they want. We build an environment in which to encourage each other to make healthy life choices.

GuysTalk
COMMUNICATE, ENCOURAGE, RELATE

Guys Talk is a discussion-based program developed for male youth. The program encourages you to communicate your ideas, encourage each other and relate with each other through conversations you want to have.

Pens and Paint
ART, EXPRESSION, DISCOVERY

This art-based program focuses on coping with stress through visual arts and creative writing. Art is a form of creative expression, and we can help you do it by learning artistic skills such as canvassing, pottery making and even slam poetry.

Winter Wellness
LEARN, BE WITH WINTER, CONNECT

Winter Wellness is a program that runs in the winter months. With Winter Wellness, you can learn how physical activity, through being outdoors during winter, can help cope with stress. We run a variety of winter based activities and all transportation, lift tickets, equipment, rentals and lessons are included and absolutely free to participants.

Take a Hike
OUTDOORS, HIKING, BONDING

Take A Hike is run in the summer as we explore the trails of Ottawa/Gatineau regions. We like to choose the trails we want to explore together as a group. This program pairs outdoor physical activities with a conversational element. If you're a person who uses physical activity, outdoors, and/or chatting as a coping strategy - this program is for you.

Mindfulness Without Boarders
DISCOVER, RECHARGE, BREATHE

The power of yoga and meditation is a healthy coping method. This program encourages you to discover yourself, and allows you to recharge through mindfulness and discussion with peers. Most of all, it teaches you the key aspect of mental health maintenance which is self care - to take a while just to breathe.

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YouthNet/ReseauAdo

2305 Unit 300B Blvd Saint-Laurent

Ottawa, Ontario

(613) 738-3915

youthnet@cheo.on.ca

Mental Wellness 101 Presentation

We deliver an informative and interactive presentation to a varied audience of students in schools, professionals, policy makers and community groups. Our presentations, Mental Wellness 101, emphasizes the importance of talking about mental health all while learning ways to talk about mental health. This presentation is around an hour long and requires a laptop/projector set-up for our accompanying slides. The content can be adapted to any audience.

Mental Wellness 101 educates audiences on aspects of mental health that impact their day-to-day lives, engage them in a discussion, and encourage future action.

StressLess Presentation

This workshop is interactive, engaging and helps you and the youth you work with understand what stress is. We take you through what stress is, how to locate stress and how to manage stress all while playing games and doing fun activities to explain stress. This workshop is an hour long and requires a laptop/projector set-up for our accompanying slides. The content can be adapted to any audience

How to Help a Friend Presentation

This workshop is all about knowing what to do to support a friend in need. We do not want you to become a mini psychologist, but rather, we hope that you will learn about the different resources in and around Ottawa and learn how to best support that friend in need. Through interactive activities and games, you will become comfortable and familiar with understanding why sometimes asking for help can be difficult. This workshop is an hour long and requires a laptop/projector to set up for accompanying slides. This content can be adapted to any audience.

INFORMATION BOOTHS

Our information booths are suited for any sort of function that would benefit from information covering mental health and mental illness. Our information booths are a wealth of information and resources that are a great addition to any event. Through these booths we provide and connect those in need to resources, and promote mental well-being.