BC Mental Health Resources: $1.5M to Youth Services Network

As a teenager, Natasha struggled with anger, wouldn’t leave her room, and didn’t know what was going on. Doctors suggested it was hormones, part of growing up, but it wasn’t until she found mental health supports that she came up with a name for it: depression.

teenage story, shared on the Foundry YouTube pagehighlights some of the issues faced by young people struggling with mental health issues, and explains why the one-stop shop for 12-24 year olds exists.

The program encourages young people to be self-advocates for their mental health, calling on other young people to provide help before the person reaches a crisis stage.

Steve Mathias is the Managing Director of Foundrywhich, in addition to mental health supports, offers addictions, primary care, sexual health and social services.

“What we often hear from young people is that if Foundry didn’t exist, one in four children wouldn’t go anywhere for help,” Mathias said on Monday.

Founded in 2016, there are currently 11 locations across the province with eight more planned.

To replicate the program’s success and reach young people who might not otherwise get it, that’s why the Bell-Graham Boek Foundation partnership is donating $1.5 million over three years to the program.

The announcement comes days before Bell Let’s Talk Day, which aims to spark conversations and raise funds to address mental health challenges. CTV News is owned by Bell.

Foundry is seen as a model for how children of the future will benefit from mental health and other forms of support. The money will be used to expand research at the center – why it works – and will eventually be used to help children across the country.

A press release said the funding would “help strengthen Foundry’s research team and knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) team over the next three years to improve health services and integrated social services for young people, their families and caregivers in British Columbia, and to support other Integrated Youth Services (IYS) initiatives across the country and beyond. »

Dan Nixon, youth engagement specialist at Foundry, said one of the keys to the program’s success is the strong role young people play.

“The people who will be impacted by research results should not just be involved in the research process, but should be the researchers themselves, that’s the future that Foundry sees,” Nixon said during an interview. a virtual event even announcing the funding.

He added that he was “giddy” thinking about the impact the research could have on children across the country.

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