Mental health is how we think, feel and act. 

Our model for mental health at the Y is about creating a space for community care. Y leaders practice caring for themselves as well as others.  

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Our community's mental health is reflective of the broader community. Developing and maintaining positive mental health enables individuals to realize their full potential, cope with stress, be productive and contribute in a meaningful way to their families, workplaces and communities.

Over the past ten years and during the COVID-19 pandemic, people experienced high levels of isolation, grief and a shift in their normal routines. The Y community is where we can learn and practice resilience - our ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful times. We can all practice connecting with ourselves, others and new coping skills that help us thrive.

Programs and our staff at the YMCA of Metro Denver: 

  • Promote healthy, motivated, socially-connected adults who contribute to strong communities. 

  • Support positive mental health among youth so they can successfully navigate the complexities of life, develop fulfilling relationships, adapt to change and realize their potential.  

We all have mental health.  

Upcoming Events

Yoga for Mental Health | October 15 & December 3 | Arvada | FREE | Sign up coming soon! 

How can yoga support your mental wellbeing? In this free seminar, learn how to use and practice meditative breathing techniques combined with a slow, restorative postural practice. A sign up in Mindbody to come!

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body – Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association

Aug. 16 @ 11 AM | Arvada YMCA | Register 

Aug. 23 @ 12:00 PM | University Hills YMCA | Register 

Older Adults Nutrition Cooking Program: A Journey to the Mediterranean!           

Fee-based - In-person - $10/member; $15/non-member

Journey with us to Sardinia, Italy as we explore Mediterranean food culture through a fin cooking experience at the Y! We'll gather over lunch as we learn about the Mediterranean way of eating - what makes it so delicious and nutritious and has led region like Sardini to have some of the highest rates of longevity in the world! Led by our YMCA nutrition team. This class is tailored to individuals in their older and wiser years, specifically those 55+.  

Aug. 9 @ 12 PM | University Hills YMCA | Register

Aug. 24 @ 11 AM | Arvada YMCA | Register

The upcoming events are with YMCA Partner Fishing the Good Fight

Open Men's Group | Aug. 17 @ 6:30 PM | Downtown YMCA | Register 

Join Fishing the Good Fight's monthly men's group featuring a host of different speakers and mental health topics.

 

Past Events

Did you miss:

  • "Depression and Anxiety 101: How to Recognize and How to Help." Watch here
  • "Coping with Stress for Parents". Recording coming soon!
  • "Kids and Technology" workshop sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado. Listen to recording
  • "Stress Management" workshop sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado. Recording coming soon!
  • "COVID-19 and Mental Health" workshop sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado. Recording coming soon!
  • "Building Resiliency" workshop sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado. Listen to recording
  • "Understanding Trauma" workshop? See the recordingPasscode: US7dH$eM

 

Y-USA Resources

Dinner Table Resilience 

Courtesy of the La Crosse Family YMCA, check out the video series and skills sheets by Mental Health Director Sarah Johnson on building resilience. Resilience is a foundational component of our mental health. It is our ability to thrive, adapt and cope despite tough and stressful times.  

Full video series

Try the Dinner Table Resilience App, all the videos and skills practice sheets available to you. Download, use and build resilience in ourselves and others. 

Download from Apple Store

Download from Google Play