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Younger individuals in Powell River and surrounding areas may have entry to much-needed built-in well being and wellness providers, together with mental-health and dependancy helps at a brand new Foundry centre.

Foundry Powell River, serving the qathet area, will supply younger individuals 12-24 and their households protected, welcoming, and youth-designed well being and wellness providers, together with mental-health and dependancy assist, drop-in counselling, bodily and sexual well being care, youth and household peer assist and social providers.

“Each younger particular person in British Columbia deserves health-care providers that meets their distinctive wants, together with entry to major care, mental-health assist, no matter their location,” stated Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Psychological Well being and Addictions. “A brand new Foundry Centre in Powell River might be a beacon for younger individuals offering a protected and judgment-free house to search out psychological well being, wellness and dependancy helps near dwelling.”

Youngsters and youth have confronted unprecedented challenges over the previous few years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, toxic-drug disaster and climate-related emergencies. That’s why the Province is investing $74.9 million by Funds 2023 to open 12 extra Foundry centres in B.C., for a complete of 35 Foundry centres throughout the province. Vernon and Powell River are the primary two communities which were chosen for a brand new centre. The method to pick the remaining communities will launch in September 2023 and purposes might be due by November 2023.

“It brings me huge pleasure to see the strides Foundry is constant to make in realizing its imaginative and prescient of creating protected and accessible wellness areas a dwelling actuality for younger individuals in each a part of the province, together with rural and distant communities,” stated Toni Carlton, Foundry’s provincial director for Neighborhood, Tradition and Connection. “The opening of a Foundry centre in Powell River is a momentous event worthy of celebration for the group of Powell River and is a step in the suitable route in the direction of prioritizing the well being and wellness wants of a number of the most susceptible members of our society.”

Foundry Powell River might be operated by the Powell River Little one, Youth and Household Providers Society. There are 16 Foundry centres open all through the province, in Vancouver-Granville, North Shore (North Vancouver), Campbell River, Ridge Meadows, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George, Victoria, Penticton, Terrace, Comox Valley, Langley, Richmond, Cariboo-Chilcotin (Williams Lake), Sea to Sky (Squamish) and Port Hardy.

A further seven Foundry centres are in growth in Burns Lake, East Kootenay (Cranbrook), Surrey, Fort St. John, Tri-Cities, Kamloops and Sunshine Coast. As well as, Foundry’s digital providers will be accessed from anyplace within the province by the Foundry BC app, by cellphone or https://foundrybc.ca/digital/

“It’s vital for younger individuals to entry mental-health and wellness providers the place and once they want them,” stated Mitzi Dean, Minister of Youngsters and Household Growth. “With this new Foundry centre coming to Powell River, youth and households will now have a one-stop service close by that they will depend on, enabling them to fulfill their objectives due to these important helps.”

The Province might be offering annual funding for operations and providers at Foundry Powel River, in addition to one-time funding of $1.5 million to determine the centre.

Enhancing helps for youth dwelling with mental-health and dependancy challenges is an integral a part of A Pathway to Hope, B.C.’s street map for constructing the great system of mental-health and addictions care that British Columbians deserve.


Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast –

“Younger individuals, like so many British Columbians, have confronted such uncertainty over the previous few years with the COVID-19 pandemic, toxic-drug disaster and excessive climate emergencies. In consequence, extra younger persons are reaching out for assist, they usually must be met with care and assist. I look ahead to celebrating the opening of Foundry Powell River, the place extra younger individuals may have entry to the psychological well being and dependancy helps they want.”

Collette Sinkewicz, youth packages supervisor, Powell River Little one, Youth and Household Providers Society (PRCYFSS) –

“PRCYFSS is thrilled our group has been chosen as a brand new Foundry location. We’re grateful to our group companions for being with us on this journey and we’re excited to get the work underway This group has terrific groups dedicated to supporting youth and their households and collectively we’ll make Foundry a actuality for youth in Powell River and qathet area.”

Jeremiah Candy, youth –

“So many younger individuals locally have so many hardships to take care of and too little assist. Foundry might be an essential useful resource to assist youth who want it, a spot the place they know they will discover a serving to hand and really feel protected. Life is difficult sufficient at any age and particularly as a youngster, entry to the suitable data and sources is an absolute necessity.”

Be taught Extra:

Study A Pathway to Hope, our authorities’s imaginative and prescient for mental-health and addictions care in B.C.: https://information.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021MMHA0049-001787

Foundry: https://foundrybc.ca/