B.C. boosts capacity of Providence team that helps homeless Vancouver youth

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop , PNG

The provincial government doubled the capacity on Wednesday of Vancouver’s Inner City Youth team, which helps homeless or nearly homeless youth with mental illness or addictions.

The team includes psychiatrists and other mental health and support workers, and does work in downtown Vancouver and at St. Paul’s Hospital.

“One in five mental health and addiction related visits to St. Paul’s Hospital’s emergency department are by people under the age of 24,” said Dr. Steve Mathias, medical director of the Inner City Youth team. “Expanding the Inner City Youth team will help us to reach more vulnerable youth before they present in emergency departments and connect them with the services they need to thrive in the community.”

Tracy Sherlock Reports

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