YNRA Workshops

*We are currently accepting BOTH virtual and in-person bookings BUT due to the ongoing pandemic we have adjusted our regulations. To book in-person workshops, we ask that schools book THREE workshops in a single day. If this isn’t possible, please select our virtual option.*

IMPORTANT: Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 landscape in-person workshops may be switched to virtual.

YNRA workshops are focused on mental health literacy and our Youth Facilitators are trained to identify and connect at-risk youth to appropriate mental health supports. During our workshops participants will explore:

  • The importance of having a balanced mental health
  • How to manage stress
  • New coping mechanisms
  • How and where to seek help or to help a loved one in case of need.

Important Workshop Information

  • Safety: Our facilitators are supported by a clinical social worker and follow a clinical protocol when a youth discloses mental health concerns. We respect the policies in schools and will always work in collaboration to support students in need. However, our facilitators do not offer medical advice or offer clinical services. 
  • French Immersion Classrooms: We recognize the challenges that linguistic minorities face when trying to access mental health care services in French. Thus, we are prioritizing our French workshops for francophone schools. If you would like to book a French immersion class, please choose the English option.
  • Please contact our Mental Health Planner chvallee@cheo.on.ca and (613) 707-9215 if you need help booking our workshops.

Types of Workshops

Wellness 101

Description: We have all have a mental health so let’s learn about what that is. The goals for this virtual workshop is for youth to understanding what mental health is, understand the stigma associated to mental health and to learn about what to do if one notices changes to their mental health and where to go to ask for help

Intended Audience: Youth ages 13-20
Duration: 60 mins
Capacity: 25-30 participants (max. 30)


Description: We all experience stress at some point in our lives. Wouldn’t it be great if we learned some coping strategies to help us manage our most stressful days? This workshop takes you through what stress is, how to locate stress and how to manage stress all while doing fun activities.‍‍‍

Intended Audience: Youth ages 13-20
Duration: 60 mins
Capacity: 25-30 participants (max. 30)

How to Help a Friend

Description: Friends are a huge protective factor in our lives so what happens when our friends ask us to support them? This interactive virtual workshop helps you navigate that in a healthy and safe way. 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.

Intended Audience: Youth ages 15-20
Duration: 60-75 mins (specified at time of booking)
Capacity: 12-15 participants (max. 15)

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How to Request a Workshop

Step 1 Go to YNRA.CA/presentations 
Determine your learning needs (review our 3 featured workshops focused on increasing youth mental health literacy)
Click the “BOOK NOW” button

Step 2 Choose your details
Language (English or French)
Workshop type (Virtual or In-person)

Date & Time
Select your workshop (Wellness 101, StressLESS, How 2 Help a Friend)

⇒ Step 3 For virtual workshops, choose your delivery option
Chose way to deliver the Workshop (Google Meets or Zoom)
Remote (ideal): Participants join remotely on their own devices (i.e., from home during online learning times)
In-Class: Participants & educator join as a group on one device
Hybrid/Synchronous: Some join remotely, and others from in-class

⇒ Step 4 complete your booking request
Complete ALL required questions in the intake form, wait for a booking confirmation. If approved, further instructions will be on the confirmation email.

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