Foundry looks to change the lives of youth and how mental health is treated in the province
Midterms and final exams, for many students, are the worst. The pressure of performing well can make students feel overwhelmed and panicked, and despite the varied programs available at Capilano University, each comes with its own set of exams, projects and stresses. Mental health issues are on the rise among youth and counselling services are more in demand than ever.
Located at 211 West 1st Street on lower Lonsdale Avenue, Foundry is North Vancouver’s newest and one-of-a-kind youth mental health resource centre. The clinic had its open house in September and staff invited the public to view the facility, where they provide the opportunity for youth to talk to a counsellor or a youth worker to help manage stress and create a healthy school-work-life balance.
Yvana Avram, a 19-year-old peer youth navigator, has been involved in the mental health community for over three years. She helps youth navigate the system at Foundry and connect with any resources they may need. Avram is also there for emotional support for youth because all of the navigators have personal experience and are there to listen without judgement. She started volunteering in high school because she struggled with depression and general anxiety. She was selected by the STEPS program, which is supported and funded by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). She also volunteered with the CMHA and was an advocate for mental health awareness before she began working at Foundry in August.
Kevin McMullin reports