Real YOUth takes a giant LEAP forward
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2012 5:39PM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 24, 2012 6:57PM MDT
CTV Calgary and the United Way of Calgary and Area have come together to raise awareness about mental health in a three-year initiative called Real YOUth.
The LEAP Project has helped many kids and is an eight week online depression treatment program.
The project aims to treat depression by helping the youths to look at life values like self acceptance, gratitude, compassion and forgiveness.
The program uses video and true stories to reinforce the lessons and participants learn relaxation techniques and how to apply their newly acquired skills.
Samantha McDowell, 23, has suffered depression on and off for years and says the program really helped her.
“I think the great thing about it being online is no one is around, no one there to judge you, If you read a story and you tear up or if you think this is the stupidest things I’ve ever done, when you are deep breathing you can close the door, no one is there,” said Samantha.
She says she has learned how to find balance and meaning in her life.
“There's definitely no religion it's more about believing in good, believing you have the ability to make a huge difference in your life,” said Samantha.
The Leap Project has wrapped up for now as researchers go through the data.
Final results are expected this fall and it is hoped the project will get more funding to carry on.
Fore more information, visit the LEAP Project website.