Discovery youth service available for children and families struggling with substance use

Angela Pounds

Gabriola Island, CYMHSU Project Lead

Tuesday, May 2 2017

There is a new service on Gabriola for youth and their families struggling with substance use. Discovery youth and family services are coming to Gabriola Island once a month to the church street medical clinic to see youth and their families who need support in dealing with substance use. This service is for youth (ages 12 – 19) and their parents / caregivers who have concerns related to substance use and/or concurrent mental health. This also includes youth who have a parent or sibling that are using drugs and alcohol and who need support.

Discovery can provide support, counseling, and education (with or without youth involvement) to youth and their families. Discovery works with youth who are experiencing any amount of drug and alcohol use from experimenting to more problematic drug and alcohol use. Discovery works with youth who want to make changes to their drug and alcohol use, and with youth who don’t want to make changes to their drug and alcohol use. Often when a young person is being impacted by drugs and alcohol there is a lot going on in that young person’s life. Discovery works with youth and families to identify wellness goals, which may or may not include drugs and alcohol.

On Island intake appointments will be available the last Friday of every month at the Gabriola Church St Clinic and are made through Angela Pounds- Social Worker (250-802-4946), who will provide an intake appointment time.

The Gabriola Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use local action team (CYMHSU) is a group working with funding from Shared care and Doctors of BC to increase timely access to mental health and substance use services for youth on Gabriola Island. The CYMHSU local action team has worked with Discovery youth and family services to bring their clinician to Gabriola.