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A new start: Community supports for youth

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A new start: Community supports for youth

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Kristy Anderson
Media Relations Manager
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)
Contacts
Kristy Anderson
Media Relations Manager
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)

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Supporting British Columbia youth

Other government-funded services that focus primarily on supporting children and youth with mental illness or substance use challenges include:

  • On May 27, 2016, the Ministry of Children and Family Development invested $850,000 in the F.O.R.C.E Society for Kids’ Mental Health.
  • The recently announced new 10-bed inpatient unit at the HOpe Centre, opening in spring 2017, which will provide specialized, intensive services for youth living with mental-health and substance-use challenges.
  • The recently announced reopening of the Crossing at Keremeos, scheduled to open in 2017, which will offer a 22-bed program to provide intensive residential substance use treatment for youth and young adults aged 17 to 24 years.
  • The Granville Youth Health Centre in Vancouver, which opened in March 2015, provides comprehensive mental-health and addictions services to street youth aged 16 to 24 years with the goal of addressing the three basic needs of this population: health care, shelter and social support.
  • Renfrew House, a six-bed youth group home, which opened in November 2014 and offers housing, social supports and clinical care where youth can stabilize their lives.
  • The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, which provides an information and resources toolkit to child and youth mental health care teams throughout the province and is available online to every B.C. family: http://keltymentalhealth.ca/toolkits
  • mindcheck.ca  – https://mindcheck.ca/ – is an interactive website designed to help youth and young adults aged 13 to 25 years in British Columbia check out how they are feeling and connect to mental-health resources and support. Support includes education, self-care tools, website links and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.
  • An online service map, launched in 2015, which helps families more easily find information about the child and youth mental-health and substance-use services in their community.

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