Vancouver service providers fail to get ahead of a mental health crisis (Dr. Steve Mathias)

When Lee Johnston arrived in Vancouver at the Greyhound bus station off Main Street, the only place she had to sleep that night was Covenant House at Drake and Seymour.

Now 29, Johnston thanked Providence Health Care’s Inner City Youth Mental Health Program for helping her get back on track.

The Inner City Youth Program was founded by a group of psychiatrists at St. Paul’s Hospital in 2007. Since then, it’s grown from a loose partnership between those doctors and Covenant House to involve BC Housing and the City of Vancouver.

At his office at St. Paul’s, one of those founding psychiatrists, Dr. Steve Mathias, told the Straight that there are between 150 and 160 youths in the program’s care at any one time.

Travis Lupick reports

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