Youth primary care and mental health supports coming to Surrey

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Surrey:  New Democrat MLA Jinny Sims says youth and their families will have faster, easier access to mental health and substance use services, primary care, and wrap-around supports with the announcement of a new Foundry Centre in Surrey.

“The announcement of a new Foundry Centre for Surrey is incredible news for our community,” said Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama. “Every young person deserves to have a safe space where they can access mental health services, and I’m proud our government is working hard to make sure young people in Surrey will be able to get help when they need it.”

Sims says the Foundry Centre is one of eight new facilities announced today, for a total of nineteen centres across the province, and will offer increased access to integrated health and wellness services for young people aged 12 to 24. The centre will offer primary care, youth and family peer supports, walk-in counselling, mental health and substance use services, and social services all under one roof, making it easier for youth to get help when they need it.

The BC NDP government is committed to improving access to mental health services across the province, the Foundry Centres are just one part of A Pathway to Hope, a 10-year plan for mental health and addiction care.