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. We are distracted with regrets about the past, worries about the future, and judgments about the present. Mindfulness training can help to improve our health and ways of coping. Up to now, most mindfulness programs have been for adults. Now, BC Children's Hospital is developing a program for adolescents with chronic health conditions and/or depression.

Check out our new mindfulness video and mindfulness resources below.

Mindfulness: Youth Voices

This video shows youth and young adults discussing their experiences using mindfulness. They talk about how mindfulness has benefited different parts of their lives. The video also has examples of youth practicing mindfulness, and insights from a health professional and mindfulness teacher.

This video is available in English (see below), as well as French, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

Mindfulness Audio Recordings

Drs. Dzung Vo and Jake Locke from BC Children's Hospital have recorded some of the 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.

Additional Mindfulness Resources

Mindfulness for Teens
Mindfulness is all about living fully in the present moment, without judgement, and with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. It’s about breathing, noticing what’s happening right here and now, sending a gentle smile to whatever you’re experiencing in this moment (whether it’s easy or difficult), and then letting it go. 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.

Mindfulness Quick Reference Sheet
A list of the top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support services.

Pinwheel Education Series: The Benefits of Mindfulness for Youth Recording
Listen to this recording as the panel discusses the benefits of mindfulness and how it can help youth with mental health issues face challenges and enjoy fuller lives.

MindUP: A mindfulness school-based program
A mindfulness‐based social‐emotional learning program being used in Vancouver‐area schools.

BC Mental Health & Addiction Services

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.