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New Start Healthy Minds Digital Program

New Start Foundation / New Start Healthy Minds Digital Program

New Start Healthy Minds Digital Teen Program

The first and only of its kind in Canada, is an online mental health treatment program for adolescents. The New Start Healthy Minds Digital Teen Program was developed by a Toronto-based Child and Youth psychologist.

The New Start Healthy Minds Comprehensive Teen Program is an online therapeutic program designed to help teens struggling with mental health concerns including (but not limited to) depression and anxiety. This virtual program provides a supportive and structured treatment experience that is tailored to help youth make meaningful changes to their life and wellbeing. 

The New Start program is best for teens aged 14-18 who are struggling with mental health and caregivers who are looking for education and coaching to better support their teen.

The six month includes:

  • two hours of group sessions and 50 mins of individual counselling per week and is followed by four months of bi-weekly aftercare groups to support long-term recovery.
  • Education on developing understanding and coping techniques, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Access to corresponding Wagon App with specialized content for teens
  • 12 hours of dedicated caregiver support and education

The program will cost 20% of traditional treatment method and will allow youth in under-serviced and rural communities to receive effective and evidence-based treatment.

To learn more call: 1-866-512-1096

or email [email protected]

Subsidized spots are available to those who meet financial and clinical criteria

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With support from a few generous donors, New Start Foundation has been able to develop and launch the digital IOP, with the first cohort beginning October 2020.

Additional funds will allow us to treat more youth, train new clinicians, develop a tech library, and expand the reach across Canada.

Who is appropriate for the program?

  • Youth in grades 9-12 (14-18 years old)
  • Youth having difficulty with stress, anxiety, and/or sadness
  • Youth who may be engaging in risky behaviours to cope with difficult emotions
  • Youth who have tried to change or control thoughts and feelings and it has become exhausting and/or has not worked

Participants will learn to:

  • Practice acceptance to tolerate painful feelings and emotions
  • Avoid unhelpful behaviours when experiencing intense emotions
  • Notice and manage unhelpful thoughts and feelings
  • Understand that individuals are different from their thoughts, feelings, and experiences

What are requirements to participate?

  • Program will be delivered via secure video conference and access to a computer with microphone and video is essential (please contact us if lack of access to technology is a barrier for you)
  • Participants must avoid all use of drugs and alcohol prior to and during the group sessions
  • Participants attend weekly group and individual sessions for eight weeks, with additional support after attending the program for up to six months. Parents or caregivers will also participate in a three-session workshop

To learn more about New Start Digital Youth IOP and subsidized eligibility, please call

Applicants who meet the clinical criteria will also need to complete an application to be eligible for subsidy.

Download the subsidy application form HERE