Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment” (Jon Kabat-Zinn). 

Much of our stress, pain, and suffering comes from being pulled away from the present moment, with regrets about the past, worries about the future, and judgments about the present.  Several mindfulness-based training programs have been shown to be effective for improving health and coping in clinical settings.  

To date, most mindfulness-based clinical programs have been developed for adults.  BC Children’s Hospital is currently developing youth-friendly adaptations of these programs for adolescents with chronic health conditions and/or depression.

Check out our new mindfulness video and mindfulness resources below.

Mindfulness: Youth Voices
This video features youth and young adults discussing their experiences practicing mindfulness, and how mindfulness has benefited different aspects of their lives. The video also features youth practicing mindfulness, and includes insights from a health professional and mindfulness teacher.

Mindfulness Audio Recordings
Drs. Dzung Vo and Jake Locke from BC Children's Hospital have recorded some of their mindfulness meditations that they have been using with their mindfulness groups. You can download these recordings and listen to them from your computer or mobile device. Access the recordings here.

Additional Mindfulness Resources

MindUP: A mindfulness school-based program


Healthy Living, Healthy Minds: A Toolkit for Health Professionals
This toolkit provides information and resources for health professionals across B.C. to discuss healthy living specific to child and youth
Healthy Living Toolkit for Families
The Healthy Living Toolkit for Families includes information on healthy living for families who have a child or youth with mental health