Updated YMCA anthem raises awareness for YMCA Canada mental health programme

Topic: Vision 2030 - Community Wellbeing

Date: 29 August 2023

You haven’t heard the “YMCA” like this before.

YMCA Canada and Canadian band Walk Off The Earth on 28 August 2023 released a modern take on the YMCA anthem to raise awareness of expanded access to its free youth mental health program, “Y Mind”.

"We were honoured to take on the challenge of reinventing such an iconic song and give new meaning to its enduring lyrics," band member Sarah Blackwood said.
Said Peter Dinsdale, President and CEO of YMCA Canada, "While there has been good progress made to alleviate the stigma around mental wellbeing, programs like Y Mind are critical to addressing one of the biggest barriers to accessing help: cost."