Youth in Kamloops, as well as surrounding areas, will have access to much-needed mental health and addictions supports at a new Foundry Centre.
Once open, Foundry Kamloops will provide youth aged 12 to 24 and their families with welcoming and appropriate services to meet their unique needs, such as walk-in counseling, physical and sexual health care, peer support for youth and families and social services.
“A new Foundry Youth Center in Kamloops will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for young people to find mental health, wellness and addictions supports in their own community,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Health. Mental Health and Addictions. “I look forward to celebrating the opening of the centre, which will help countless young people get the help they need.
Foundry Kamloops will be operated by Interior Community Services and is the third of four new Foundry Centers announced recently. Currently, 13 foundry centers are open across the province, including Vancouver-Granville, North Shore (North Vancouver), Campbell River, Ridge Meadows, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George, Victoria, Penticton, Richmond, Terrace, Comox Valley and Langley .
“We are thrilled to announce the arrival of another Foundry center in a BC community,” said Dr. Steve Mathias, Foundry’s CEO. “We recognize that as a health care system and a province, we need to provide stronger and better supports to our young people who may seek help for a number of reasons: mental health; substance use; physical health; and employment. The opening of Foundry Kamloops will continue to expand access to free and confidential health and wellness services, and ensure communities are able to support and meet young people wherever they are.
The province will provide annual funding for operations and services to Foundry Kamloops, as well as one-time funding of $1 million to establish the centre.
Eight additional new foundry centers are under development in Burns Lake, East Kootenay (Cranbrook), Port Hardy, Sea to Sky (Squamish), Surrey, Cariboo-Chilcotin (Williams Lake), Fort St. John and Tri-Cities. Additionally, Foundry’s provincial virtual services can be accessed from anywhere in the province through the Foundry BC app, by phone or at foundrybc.ca/virtual.
Improving supports for youth with mental health and addictions needs is an integral part of A Pathway to Hope, BC’s roadmap for building a comprehensive system of care in mental health and addictions for British Columbians.
Val Janz, Chief Operating Officer, Interior Community Services, agency responsible for Foundry Kamloops –
“The community of Kamloops is very pleased to be announced as the future location of the Foundry Centre. The last few years in particular, during the pandemic and the opioid crisis, have highlighted the need for improved social and medical services and peer support for young people. Foundry Kamloops will provide a single point of access for youth and their families to meet their needs in a timely and coordinated manner.
13-year-old mother –
“As a parent of a teenager, knowing that there is a dedicated place, like a Foundry Center, for my child to access free, confidential information about sexual health, mental wellness, or whatever he doesn’t necessarily want to talk to me is very comforting.”
Discover A Pathway to Hope, our government’s vision for mental health and addictions care in British Columbia: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021MMHA0049-001787
Interior Community Services: www.interiorcommunityservices.bc.ca