Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way:

On purpose,

in the present moment,

and without judgment” (Jon Kabat-Zinn). 

Much of our stress and pain comes from being pulled away from the present moment. We are distracted with regrets about the past, worries about the future, and judgments about the present. Mindfulness is all about encouraging awareness of oneself in the present moment, without judgment. Practicing mindfulness can help to improve our social and emotional well-being, and contribute to the ability to manage difficult or stressful situations. 

Up to now, most mindfulness programs have been for adults. However, the benefits of mindfulness for children and youth are now being recognized. Mindfulness can be practiced in many different ways, and can be done at almost any time. 

Check out our mindfulness audio recordings here

The video below provides an overview of mindfulness, and benefits from a youth perspective (note, in addition to English, this video is available in Farsi, FrenchKorean, Punjabi , Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese). 

See Also: 
Mindfulness Quick Reference Sheet
A list of the top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support services.
Mindfulness for Teens
Mindfulness is all about living fully in the present moment, without judgement, and with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. You can be mindful anytime, anywhere, no matter what you’re doing. It sounds simple, but it’s not always easy to do, especially when you are stressed! This website provides information, tools, and resources to help you get started.

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.