Business

Teens encouraged to Speak Up

A program aimed at helping young people speak openly about mental health and substance-use concerns is coming to Semiahmoo Peninsula high schools.

Speak Up was created by the child and youth mental health team at Fraser Health with a $432,000 donation from Coast Capital Savings.

The first program of its kind in B.C., Speak Up is designed to engage teens and young adults to share and learn from each other through peer support, targeted education in schools and a new online community: SpeakUp@mindcheck.ca

Described as a “by youth for youth” initiative, it is for those both with and without lived experience with mental health and/or substance-use issues.

“This awareness and sharing helps them recognize when they may need help for their own personal situation and where to find it,” said Dr. Karen Tee, leader of the Fraser Health team that created Speak Up.

According to Fraser Health, one in five B.C. youth will experience a mental health issue serious enough to cause significant distress. Seventy-five per cent of mental health and substance-use issues begin by age 24 and often go unrecognized and untreated.

The Coast Capital donation that made Speak Up possible – given to Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation – is the largest corporate contribution to youth and young adult mental health programs ever received in Fraser Health.

For more, visit www.fraserhealth.ca

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. oil refinery backers move ahead
 
Apartment vacancy rates drop, rents rise in Lower Mainland
 
Just the Facts: Medical Marijuana in Canada (VIDEO)
Surrey ranked ninth best city for work in B.C.
 
Initial assessment finds mother unfit to stand trial: defence
 
A unique move to Mission
Otter Co-op now open in Chilliwack
 
Hunters protest shift favouring non-residents
 
Surrey RCMP officer to stand trial on multiple gun charges

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.