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Initial youth outreach centre launches in Downtown Eastside

Younger people battling with housing instability, mental and bodily-wellness issues in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) will have accessibility to much more and enhanced psychological-health and fitness and substance-use supports with the start of the very first DTES Youth Outreach Centre.

The DTES Youth Outreach Centre, operated by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and found at 786 Powell St., will help save life by connecting youthful people from 15 to 24 to essential mental-health and substance-use supports. About 75% of really serious mental-health and fitness problems arise before the age of 25.

“Young people today have faced important troubles over the final few years and their nicely-becoming proceeds to be our top priority,” mentioned Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Wellness and Addictions. “The Downtown Eastside Youth Outreach Centre, which is the initial of its form, will assist hook up youthful persons to the supports they need to have and deserve on their journey to wellness, as our federal government carries on to establish a method of mental-health and addictions care from the ground up.”

The new centre is preferably located in the DTES. To assist develop a culturally secure space, VCH collaborated with three Coastline Salish artists, like a youth artist, who painted murals that adorn the site’s walls. In addition to business area for the crew, it has a kitchen, tiny lounge, pc and cell phone accessibility for clientele, as well as treats and supplies.

In addition to the centre, the Province is expanding the multi-disciplinary outreach group from two workers to 8, including psychological-wellness and compound-use nurses, youth care workers, Indigenous peer advocate and social employees.

“Meeting this populace where by they are is fundamental to the operate we’re undertaking,” claimed Emily Giguere, VCH scientific planner for Youth Substance Use Services. “They are occasionally tough to locate. They may well not have a set tackle or mobile phone variety and they are often distrustful of the wellbeing-care procedure. It’s the most effective way to link them to the care they need to have, wherever and when they need it. Nevertheless, the purpose has normally been to have a house foundation: a protected, welcoming hub exactly where the crew operates from and wherever clients can quickly locate them.”

The team heads out to the streets of Vancouver to meet up with vulnerable youth wherever they are, find and establish a rapport with them, and join them to psychological-health and fitness, addictions and wellness-care solutions. These teams also distribute harm-reduction provides, these as naloxone, as properly as essential necessities this sort of as sleeping baggage, socks, food and drinks.

“We know that homelessness can lead to mental-health and fitness issues for people dwelling in B.C. and that psychological-wellness difficulties can add to individuals losing their households,” claimed Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing. “Addressing these demands early is a critical stage in building balance for persons and in breaking the cycle of homelessness. This centre will not only benefit men and women, but the family members and mates of people today, and I am proud to see our federal government choose motion that will have a beneficial effects on the lives of vulnerable individuals in our populace.”

Enhancing supports for youthful folks dwelling with psychological-health and fitness and addiction issues is an integral element of A Pathway to Hope, B.C.’s road map for setting up a comprehensive process of psychological-wellness and dependancy care for British Columbians.


Joan Phillip, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasurable –

“There is an urgent want to help younger persons with psychological-wellbeing issues across the province. The Downtown Eastside Youth Outreach Centre will be a area vulnerable youth can discover the psychological-wellness, addictions and health and fitness-treatment services they want to not only survive, but prosper.”

Bob Chapman, vice-president of Vancouver community, Vancouver Coastal Well being –

“We have a variety of outreach groups in VCH serving individuals who are underhoused and not effectively connected to our health and fitness-care technique. But the DTES Youth Outreach team is one of a kind and the new business office and fall-in area is the initially of its sort. This culturally secure and welcoming house presents younger folks with the care and connection they require to guide safer, healthier life.” 

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Learn about A Pathway to Hope, government’s eyesight for mental-wellness and addictions care in B.C.: