From the "Youth Facing Health Inequities" issue of Visions Journal, 2020, 15 (3), p. 40
Representative for Children and Youth
Advocacy and support for vulnerable children and youth, including children and youth in care and youth in custody, as well as young adults transitioning out of care or transitioning into adult services. The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth can help young people understand and advocate for their rights, connect with services, transition out of care, and take part in larger policy discussions. Adults who support young people can also find resources like the Champions for Change advocacy guidebook and reports.
Fostering Change, an initiative from First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition aims to change public policy for youth who “age out” of care in BC. Learn more about experiences of youth leaving care, find advocacy resources, and learn how you can get involved or support their campaigns.
McCreary Centre Society
McCreary Centre Society support youth through research, engagement, and community-based projects. Find BC Adolescent Health Survey reports and download research that highlights experiences of youth around mental health and well-being, physical health, substance use, homelessness, and many other topics.
Health and wellness services and supports for youth ages 12-24 in communities across BC or online. Foundry is a one-stop-shop where people can access physical and mental health care, connect with community resources, and find peer support. Foundry centres are located in Abbotsford, Campbell River, Kelowna, North Vancouver, Penticton, Prince George, Vancouver, and Victoria.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
Information and resources about mental health, substance use, and well-being for youth and young adults, and well as information for parents and caregivers, schools, and health professionals. Young people can talk with a Youth in Residence and parents or caregivers can talk with a Parent in Residence at 1-800-665-1822 (604-875-2084 in the Lower Mainland) for information, support, and help navigating health care systems.
Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre
The Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre based at the University of BC explores stigma, discrimination, and health inequalities among marginalized youth. Find current and completed research projects, the Out at Home family guide, reports and academic publications, and resources for youth.
Trans Care BC
Trans Care BC helps people access and coordinate gender-affirming health care and supports in BC. Use the service directory to find health care providers (including mental health care providers) and support groups, learn more gender and gender-affirming care, and learn what you can do if you can’t find help in your community.