What is YODA (Youth Overcoming Depression and Anxiety)?

YODA is a skill based group that provides youth with tools and strategies to manage their anxiety and depression. The group runs for one morning, 3 hours per week, for 10 weeks and will service a maximum of 8 students in each group. Although the program does not include an academic component, it will focus on the social and emotional well being of students, which in turn enhances school performance.The goal of the program is to support youth who are exhibiting symptoms of Depression and/or Anxiety.

These programs will be offered throughout the communities of North Halton, Oakville and Burlington. The plan is to run one program in each area concurrently. Parents are responsible for transportation.

  • Fall session: October to December
  • Spring Session: March to May
  • Summer Session: July to August (condensed to two session per week for 5 weeks)

Referral Criteria:

  • Youth in grades 6, 7, and 8
  • Exhibiting symptoms of Depression and/or Anxiety

Symptoms may include:

  • Low Self esteem
  • Flat affect
  • Sadness and apprehension
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Withdrawal from others
  • School or situational avoidance
  • Fear of being humiliated or embarassed
  • Loss of interest and pleasure in usual activities
  • Excessive worry / fears about future or past events

Additional Available Components of Program:

  • Parent information session
  • Collaboration with home schools to facilitate successful re-integration and/or application of new skills acquired in program.
  • Liaise with Community Supports

How to Make a Referral

Referrals can be made by School Board Staff, Parents, and Community Agencies.

For More Information or To Make a Referral Please Contact

Steve Kovar at 905.689.4727 Ext. 127 skovar@woodview.ca (Burlington & Oakville)

OR Vanessa Marko at Ext. 121 vmarko@woodview.ca (North Halton)

YODA Referral Form 2015

Child and Family Information Form 2015

Woodview Consent Form

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services
69 Flatt Road
Burlington, ON L7P 0T3

Halton: (905) 689-4727
Hamilton: (905) 689-4727
Brant: (519) 752-5308
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