British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative

Published January 05, 2017 16:33

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is proud to be an advocate for youth mental health initiatives. When we heard about the BC Integrated Youth Services Initiative, we were thrilled to collaborate with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna (CMHA Kelowna) and other partner organizations spearheading the initiative in the Okanagan. The BC Youth Integrated Services Initiative aims to intervene early in the lives of young people struggling with mental illness by creating new, youth friendly resources across BC.

Youth BC Integrated Health and Service Centres will be designed with architecture and colours that create a welcoming environment. Additionally, centres will be located along popular transit routes so transportation is not a barrier for those seeking help. These design and location aspects will make it easier for young people to utilize mental health services consistently. Kelowna’s Centre will be known as Foundry Kelowna and it will be located on Kirschner Road.

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Youth Services will be taking an active part in Foundry Kelowna. Reconnect and OutReach staff will be working as part of the integrated team to provide youth and families with the tools and resources they need to address mental health needs. “Foundry Kelowna will be a much welcomed resource in our community. It will enhance services available to youth struggling with mental illness,” said Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs CEO Diane Entwistle.

We are so excited to see the BC Government supporting the mental health of youth in BC and in the Okanagan. A coordinated, holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing will improve the services young people receive and will help to reduce the stigmas surrounding mental illness. You can learn more about the BC Integrated Youth Services Initiative here.

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