For Youth

Fun and interactive

Living Life to the Full has been adapted for youth aged 13-18 by Blue Wave, the youth mental health program of the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division. Similar to the course for adults, Living Life to the Full for Youth will equip you with the skills you need to face challenges in your life.

Living Life to the Full for Youth is delivered in a group setting. Participants meet for 8 weekly 1.5 hour sessions. While the approach is fun and interactive, the course will look at worry, depression, low motivation and isolation, and will help you develop healthy thinking, problem solving, confidence, and anger management.  And you will make new friends as well.


The impact

The course was delivered in four different British Columbia communities in 2014 as part of a pilot. 93% found the course fun and interactive. Youth said the course

  • increased their ability to deal with negative thinking  and unhelpful behaviors
  • boosted their confidence
  • improved their ability to do simple things to feel happier and healthier 
  • gave them ways to work through problems in their lives
  • helped them deal better with feelings of anger
  • 70% said their ability to plan activities to boost how they feel had improved

Want to know more about the Living Life to the Full for Youth pilot? Click here.  

 BC Living Life to the Full for Youth continues  

Based on the success of the Living Life to the Full for Youth pilot, Blue Wave was able to secure funding to continue delivering the course in the province through Canadian Mental Health Association branches. For more information on the Living Life to the Full initiative in BC, please click here.


 Each course session is based on a booklet. The first, Write All Over Your Bathroom Mirror is aimed at helping you maximize the use you will make of the other booklets.  



 Download the thinkFull app !

This app currently available on iPhone has been gifted to CMHA by Telus and includes live tips directly inspired from Living Life to the Full course. The thinkFull app helps you manage your stress and solve problems to enrich your life.

We encourage you to become part of our journey and #bethinkFull. Try the app, share your feedback  and tell your friends about it.



Click on the image to download the App for free.

Another Youth Mental Health initiative: Blue Wave


Blue Wave is a youth mental health initiative that’s been around since 2007 and joined the CMHA BC Division family in 2013. Blue Wave’s focus is youth talking to youth to share stories of hope, break down the silence around tough topics like mental illness and addictions, and build skills to improve well-being. Blue Wave has also started its own bursary fund for teens in BC with mental illnesses and addictions needing help to access higher education.

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We would like to thank Blue Wave’s funders and private donors for supporting Living Life to the Full for Youth.


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