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Province investing in youth counselling support

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:13 PDT, Fri July 24, 2020

The province is investing in Dan’s Legacy Foundation, which provides counselling and support to Metro Vancouver youth living with mental health and addictions challenges.

The grant funding, which totals $288,000, will extend the work of four therapists hired through provincial funding last year.

Last year, Dan’s Legacy supported more than 250 youth at risk, doubling its intake from the previous year. Dan’s Legacy expects to work with 350 at-risk youth in 2020.

“Youth at risk who are struggling with mental health and addictions challenges should not have to knock on one door after another to find the help they need,” said Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy. 

Funding will be used to improve access to the foundation’s trauma-informed and culturally sensitive counselling services. The services are holistic and combine cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and mindfulness. They also include life-skills workshops on self-regulation, such as diet, exercise and positive thinking. 

“We routinely see a 50 per cent success rate in helping youth to stabilize after only four months of counselling intervention, reducing the likelihood of life-long mental health issues, justice involvement, entrenched addiction, overdose and suicide,” said Dan’s Legacy executive director Barbara Coates.

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