Learn about how to care for yourself and others with the Y

Mental Health is how we think, feel and act.

There are many things we can do to take care of our mental health. In fact, the Y is medicine! Let us help you find your Y prescription.

Did you know the Y is Medicine?

At the Y, we focus on healthy living in mind, body and spirit, which includes mental health. So what is mental health?

Mental health is how we THINK – FEEL – ACT.

In other words, how we are! What can the Y do to help your mental health?

  • Every time you work out, your body releases chemicals that help increase happiness and reduce stress.
  • Every time you get to know someone at the Y, you are boosting your sense of connection.
  • Giving back to the community increases a sense of purpose.
  • And so much more!


Dinner Table Resilience

Join Sarah Johnson, Mental Health Director at the La Crosse Area Family YMCA, for our video series and skills sheets (handouts!) on building resilience. Tips, topics, skills, and strategies that we can use at our own tables to build resilience in ourselves and others, in bite-sized 3-4 minute long videos. 

Steady Heads Open Hearts

Welcome to “Steady Heads Open Hearts” – a YouTube channel of Mental Health and Mindfulness resources for you.

Dinner Table Resilience

One if five people has a diagnosable mental health condition. Many more of us experience emotional suffering for which we rarely reach out for support.

Learn about the five signs of suffering so you can help someone you know get the help they need.

Red Light Skills

ASK FOR HELP when you need it, which is when you asre doing something or have a circumstance that exceeds your knowledge or your emotional bandwidth, or if you are in crisis.


A conversation with YMCA Staff

What are you doing to care for our community? How are you taking care of yourself?

We are here for your mood, body and spirit.

For 24-hour support, resources or assistance with a crisis, dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-362-8255. Contact 911 for immediate safety concerns.

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