Show them they're not alone

1 in 5 Island kids need help with a mental health or substance use issue, yet as few as 20% of these kids have access to mental health services on the Island right now.

75% of mental health and substance use issues begin between the ages of 12 and 24.

And nearly 3x more Canadian youth die from suicide than from cancer every year.

Last year in Victoria, more than 1,100 Island kids under 19 visited the emergency room with a mental health or substance issue.

Together, we can stand with them.

We've listened to the youth in our communities and learned that early intervention is the best way to lessen lifelong mental health issuesto show them that they're not alone.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we've been collaborating with leading service providers and government agencies to identify practical and accessible services that meet kids where they're at, ensuring they feel heard and supported early in their journey.

And so our first priority is bringing experts and services under one roof into an integrated mental health hub for kids and families in downtown Victoria.

Island kids need a single point of entry to access proactive and skill-building mental health supportand their families need easier access to healthcare and wellness resources when their child is in crisis.

The hub will be this one-stop shop, bringing together the vital services offered by the Victoria Youth Clinic, NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education & Support, Island Health and other community organizations to transform the way primary healthcare and acute mental health and substance use services are provided to Island youth.

We can tranform access to care for kids in our community, creating a new model for how we support youth mental health on Vancouver Island.

But we need your help to make it happen.

Together, we can stand with our children. 

Together, we can rally behind them. 

Together, we can show them they're not aloneespecially on their darkest days.

We've begun construction on this youth mental health hub with the belief that our community will rally behind our children, joinining us in our efforts to raise three million dollars to build this vital community resource.

Ready to join us on this journey?  Please reach out to Jessica Bell, Director of Development, at jessica.bell@viha.ca or 250-519-6721 to learn more about how you can make a difference.

Interested in working at the hub? Please reach out to Barbara Thompson, Executive Director of the Victoria Youth Clinic, at bthompson@victorayouthclinic.ca.

 

 

 

 

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