YHP CANADA – Flex Your Head




2013 - 2016

The local context

Only one in five Canadian young people who experience mental health difficulties ever seek and receive help. 


Our objectives

Improve youth access to timely and evidence-based information, resources and support services that can improve their mental wellbeing and build emotional resilience.


Our focus

To support adolescents aged 13+ in emotional management, expression of violence, peer victimisation and motivation.


Our programme

Flex Your Head is 12-module programme, with each module lasting between 8 and 15 minutes, created with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. Flex Your Head helps youth think about, talk about, and understand issues of mental health and wellness within a safe, fun, and welcoming environment.

Flex Your Head offers a series of group-based activities that promote positive mental health and wellness and address difficulties with depression and anxiety.  Activities are led jointly by a young person and a staff member. In the sessions young people find out about:

  • Mental health issues affecting youth.
  • The principles and theories of mental health promotion and wellness that underpin Flex Your Head.
  • Anti-stigma actions and community messages that support positive youth mental health.
  • What program resources and activities are available, how activities are delivered and facilitated, and how to get the programme going in organisations.

The resource is available to all Boys and Girls Clubs and, through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, to other youth-based organisations.


Our achievements

‘Flex your Head’ is a self-running programme which will continue to operate into the future without further YHP investment as one of the core programmes run, and made available, by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.

Our partners

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada aims to provide safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life.