New website aims to improve mental health and wellness for young people in B.C.
Submitted by Communications and Public Affairs
B.C. youth aged 12 to 24 now have access to a new online resource designed to improve their mental health and well-being.
Foundrybc.ca, united with the provincial network of Foundry centres, provides a one-stop digital hub designed to simplify access to mental health care, substance use services, primary care and social services. The website features health information, personal stories, self-assessments, online resources and connections to services to help identify wellness challenges early on.
This launch is the first phase of the site’s development, with an initial focus on mental health and substance use. To ensure easy access to online resources and tools, the content from the youth mental health website, mindcheck.ca, has also moved into foundrybc.ca. Further information and resources will be integrated over the next year to reflect the core service and resource offerings found within Foundry centres.
Foundrybc.ca, powered by BC Children’s Hospital, complements the Foundry provincial network of centres, which is supported by a team based at Providence Health Care. Foundry Centres are working to bridge gaps and remove barriers by bringing together a variety of wellness services and resources under one roof. Foundrybc.ca and the centres were created in partnership with young people and families in communities across B.C.
“Foundry is about transforming access to care and addressing wellness holistically. By offering welcoming spaces with a variety of wellness services, we want to remove the stigma that is sometimes associated with seeking help, and reach young people early on - before small problems become big ones,” said Foundry executive director Dr. Steven Mathias.
“Through the work of our Inner City Youth team at the Granville centre, we saw firsthand the benefit of bringing services together for young people. It is exciting that the work that started with this dedicated team at St. Paul’s has inspired a province-wide effort to improve the experience for young people accessing health and social services,” said Providence CEO Dianne Doyle.
- The idea behind Foundry was formed when St. Paul’s Hospital began providing integrated care services for young people through the youth centre on Granville street in downtown Vancouver.
- Using an early intervention approach, Foundry centres act as a ‘one-stop shop’ for health and mental health care needs, enabling young people to open one door to get help with life’s big and small wellness challenges.
There are currently five centres open including: Vancouver (Granville and the North Shore), Kelowna, Campbell River and Prince George, with six more in development across B.C.
Foundrybc.ca was made by possible by the RBC Integrated Provincial Child and Youth Health Literacy Initiative. BC Children’s Hospital has a commitment for annual funding for five years from the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation via its annual RBC Race for the Kids initiative.
Hosted by Providence Health Care, the Foundry centres are supported by the Government of British Columbia, Graham Boeckh Foundation, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and St. Paul’s Foundation.
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