North Shore to get ‘one-stop shop’ for youth (Dr. Steve Mathias)
North Vancouver MLAs and members of Vancouver Coastal Health held an official launch for an upcoming youth services centre on the North Shore Thursday, a facility that could potentially help thousands of young people every year, says one MLA.
The new youth services centre, called Foundry North Shore, is billed as an integrated, one-stop shop for youth ages 12 to 24 seeking a whole range of health care services, including mental health support, social services, employment services, and drug and alcohol programs.
Dr. Steve Mathias, whose work with the Granville Youth Health Centre in Vancouver played a large role in influencing the multiple health options approach to youth services, said the idea behind Foundry is to make the space safe, youth-friendly and accessible.
Ben Bengtson reports
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner