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Foundry Abbotsford has officially opened its doors, providing local youth and their families with supports for their mental health, substance use and overall wellness needs.

“There is nothing more important than ensuring young people get the support they need to take them through life’s challenges. For years, youth in BC have been underserved by mental health and addictions supports,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Foundry Abbotsford’s one-stop-shop provides that support by bringing together mental health, substance use and social services so youth have the care they need and deserve, all under one roof.”

The new centre serves young people ages 12-24 and provides a safe and judgement-free environment where they can feel comfortable asking for help and accessing the services they need. The centre provides integrated wellness services, such as physical and mental health care, substance use supports, social services, and youth and family peer supports.

“The number of young people dealing with anxiety, depression and substance use issues is growing, and we know that prevention and early intervention are critical in helping them get back on track,” said Minister of Children and Family Development, Katrine Conroy. “Now, Abbotsford youth will benefit from this long-overdue one-stop model of care.”

There is nothing more important than ensuring young people get the support they need to take them through life’s challenges. For years, youth in BC have been underserved by mental health and addictions supports.

Judy Darcy

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Abbotsford Community Services

The number of young people dealing with anxiety, depression and substance use issues is growing, and we know that prevention and early intervention are critical in helping them get back on track. Now, Abbotsford youth will benefit from this long-overdue one-stop model of care.

Katrine Conroy

Minister of Children and Family Development, Abbotsford Community Services

Located at 101-32555 Simon Avenue, Foundry Abbotsford offers an interdisciplinary team of dedicated youth-focused health care providers focused on providing holistic, person-centred care to young people and their families. The centre provides access to a skilled team of knowledgeable and compassionate health care and social service professionals that work together to prepare the most well-rounded and appropriate plan and course of action based on the unique needs and circumstances of each youth that comes in to the centre.

“Foundry takes a prevention and early intervention approach, helping overcome gaps and barriers in systems so young people and their families can access the support they need, when they need it—and not have to re-tell their story over and over,” says Dr. Steve Mathias, Foundry’s Executive Director. “We want to remove the stigma of seeking help, and reach young people early on — before small problems become big ones.”

There are rare moments in time when an individual is afforded the opportunity to be a part of a game-changing collective – something bigger than oneself. Foundry offered such a moment for youth, families, advocates, service providers, funders, donors and dreamers who – together – have believed for a long time that there must be a better way for youth and young adults to access the full range of supports truly needed to be healthy and connected. Foundry is our dream come true!

Rod Santiago

Executive Director, Abbotsford Community Services

The centre – operated by Abbotsford Community Services – brings together a variety of local organizations, including services provided by Fraser Health, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and other community partners to transform the way substance use, mental health and wellness services are provided to the city’s youth. Youth and families have been active members in the leadership of Foundry Abbotsford’s design and programming.

“There are rare moments in time when an individual is afforded the opportunity to be a part of a game-changing collective – something bigger than oneself. Foundry offered such a moment for youth, families, advocates, service providers, funders, donors and dreamers who – together – have believed for a long time that there must be a better way for youth and young adults to access the full range of supports truly needed to be healthy and connected. Foundry is our dream come true!” says Rod Santiago, Executive Director of Abbotsford Community Services, the lead agency for Foundry Abbotsford.

Services are provided in an integrated manner, working together to ensure each young person receives the help they need on their path to wellness. The team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, mental health and substance use clinicians, youth and family peer support and navigation workers, supported employment service workers, outreach workers, and other supports for the diverse needs of youth in the community.

Foundry Abbotsford is one of seven sites now open across the province, joining two locations in Vancouver (Granville and the North Shore), Kelowna, Campbell River and Prince George, Victoria and an additional four centres are in development.

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