VICTORIA (May 2, 2018) – BC Liberal Mental Health and Addictions Critic Jane Thornthwaite welcomes the newest Foundry location in Victoria which offers youth a safe, barrier-free space to access the services and guidance they need.
“I’m pleased to see the NDP government carry through with this important initiative of our former BC Liberal government,” says Thornthwaite. “Foundry is the brainchild of Dr. Steve Mathias, who came to the Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth in 2014 with a desire to pilot this integrated, one-stop-shop model across the province.
“Steve and I successfully lobbied the Ministers of Health and Children and Family Development on this vision to transform youth mental health care in B.C. – and from that, Foundry was born.
“I want to congratulate Steve, because today’s launch of Foundry Victoria marks the sixth site now open across British Columbia to help young people struggling with the early development of mental illness and substance use problems.
“I also want to thank Foundry Victoria’s operators, and the local social service agencies who have partnered with them on this important new facility.”