MLA Osborne says youth will have better access to care with new Foundry Centre coming to Port Alberni

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PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says more young people will have better access to vital health care services, including primary care, counselling, early intervention, prevention and addictions supports closer to home with a new Foundry centre on the way in the Alberni Valley.

“When youth are facing challenges, they need access to safe, welcoming spaces with resources and care that supports their physical and mental well-being,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “I am thrilled to see a new Foundry centre coming to Port Alberni, providing integrated youth services to teens and young adults in the Alberni Valley and the West Coast. It is a testament to the hard work of ADAPs Youth and Family Services and their many partner community organizations, and I thank all the parents, families, and local leaders for their vision and support leading to the announcement of our own new Foundry.”

Port Alberni has been awarded $1.5 million in provincial funding for a Foundry centre, and joins 25 other communities with centres that are already open or in development across B.C.

Approximately 75 per cent of serious mental health issues emerge before age 25, and the pandemic, global uncertainty, and climate emergencies continue to disproportionately impact young people, resulting in increased rates of depression and anxiety.

Foundry centres are a critical part of the province’s work to address this increasing need for supports by offering young people ages 12-24 and their families access to free and confidential services including mental health and addiction counselling, physical and sexual health care, peer support and social services.

The Province continues to build on Budget 2023 investments of $236 million in new and expanded addictions care for youth and young adults, including almost $75 million for Foundry expansion and enhanced services.


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