Partners in Healing Spirit, Mind and Body

We believe that healthy living is about enriching spirit, mind and body at every age and stage of life. Discover more classes and programs that promote mental health, better your overall wellness, reduce risk for disease and help you reclaim your health.

Programs Designed For YOUR Health Journey

Gentle Yoga is intended to increase physical, mental and spiritual well-being through gentle, restorative poses and relaxation techniques.

Research suggests that yoga may:

Enhance the quality of life by relieving stress and anxiety
Combat the side effects of treatment, especially fatigue and depression
Boost energy levels and appetite
This free program for cancer patients & survivors has been made possible through a grant from the CarolinaEast Foundation and Twin Rivers YMCA. Members and Non-Members are welcome.

Classes are held on Thursdays 4 – 6 PM.

Special Needs Zumba® helps children and adults of all abilities benefit from physical fitness and group interaction. Students and mentors are encouraged to participate together. This fun social party-like workout is appropriate for both male and female individuals with all physical and mental special needs. Modifications and progressions will be provided. Please come dressed in non-restrictive workout attire. Closed-toe gym shoes are required to participate.

This program is free to all members and non-members. All new and returning non-member participants must visit the Service Desk to sign our updated Guest Form and Waiver.

Participants will meet on Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 pm. Participants will meet in the Multi-Purpose room, and our licensed Zumba® Instructor, April Daniels, will lead the class.

Forming healthy habits can be hard without a support system. We’re here to give you the encouragement you need to eat better, increase your physical activity and lose weight — all of which can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Throughout the year, the Y offers the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Check back for upcoming sessions!

Increase your flexibility and balance while making new connections. Explore our wellness programs that are specifically designed for older adults.

  • Active Older Adults Chair Yoga – A universal class designed to specifically target balance, range of movement, muscular endurance, restorative breathing and mind-body integration improvement. This class can be enjoyed seated or standing.
  • Active Older Adults Strength Fit – Combine fun with fitness in this Active Older Adult class to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance with a standing circuit workout that includes compound movements.
  • Aqua Aerobics – Check our schedule for aqua-aerobic options. These classes are easier on joints and help improve range of motion and mobility.
  • Chair Strength and Stretch – A universal class designed to specifically target balance, range of movement, muscular endurance, strength, restorative breathing and mind-body integration improvement. This class can be enjoyed seated or standing.
  • Forever Fit – Build lean muscle through mild exercise in the aerobics room and the resistance machine room to enhance flexibility, strength, and mobility in active older adults.
  • Yoga for Healthy Aging – A gentle yoga class that focuses on some of the body’s key issues that affect us as we age. Emphasis is on improving flexibility, balance, mood, mental clarity, and stress reduction. Suitable for people over 50 or for rehabilitation.
  • Young at Heart – A fun cardiovascular dance class designed with high-energy, lower-intensity moves set to upbeat music.
Open to members and non-members, Learning Lunches are offered monthly at the Y. Each Learning Lunch features presentations and/or discussions to help attendees build healthy lifestyles. Recent topics included: Downsizing as an Older Adult, Nutrition, Mental Health, Planned Giving, and MORE!

Check program registration below for upcoming Learning Lunch opportunities.


Finding Help in New Bern, NC

Our mental health affects every aspect of our lives– from our thoughts, feelings, and actions to how we handle relationships, stress, and decision-making. These effects aren’t limited to any particular group of people, either. Millions of people in the U.S. struggle with mental health-related challenges each year.

When you look at the statistics there’s even more evidence that young people need this information. For example:

  • In 2019, 1 in 3 high school students reported experiencing persistent sadness or hopelessness.
  • Between 2009 and 2019, the U.S. saw a 44% increase in high school students making suicide plans.
  • 1 in 6 young people (ages 6-17) experience a mental health disorder yearly.

With funding provided by the state, North Carolina YMCAs are working to increase awareness about mental health resources available to teens and their families in 2024 and beyond.

Check out the Teen Mental Health Resource Hub to access helpful information and gain insight into the importance of teen mental health.

Suicide is Never the Answer

Thoughts of suicide can be frightening. But we can avoid devastating outcomes by reaching out for help or checking in with friends and family. Suicidal thoughts are a symptom, just like any other – they can be treated and improve over time. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available for New Bern, NC.

  • Call 911 if you need emergency medical assistance for a life-or-death situation involving yourself or others.
  • 988 has been designated the new three-digit dialing code to route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Available for calls, webchats, or texts. Available 24/7. Call or text 988, or chat to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
  • If you, or someone you know, needs help with a substance abuse or mental health disorder, contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or texting your zip code to 435748 (HELP4U), or using SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to get help.
Mental Health Treatment Options

If you’re wondering where to go for mental health help, here are some of the types of places you can go that are easily accessible for you in Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Jones counties.

If you have access, your first action should be to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. They can provide initial mental health screenings, refer you to
mental health specialists, and help you develop a well-documented paper trail of your quest for mental health support. If you have an appointment scheduled soon with your
primary care provider and are struggling to maintain your mental health, voice your concerns and ask for help.

To find a therapist, use one of the resources listed under the NC Alliance of YMCAs Finding Help page.

To find specific culturally competent care (therapists who may share your background or culture), use one of the resources listed under the NC Alliance of YMCAs Mental Health in Marginalized Groups page.

Questions about the Y’s Teen Mental Health Program? Contact:

Justice Tomchesson
Wellbeing Enrichment Director

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