When young people face difficult challenges it can be hard to know the best way to support them. Foundry will empower families, caregivers, siblings and other loved ones to find the right care and support for their youth and young adults.
For families and caregivers, knowing how to support their youth or young adult through life’s challenges can be difficult – whether it’s recognizing that what their young person is experiencing is simply a phase, or that they need help, raising sensitive issues and having difficult conversations, or navigating the systems to find the right care and supports. Foundry services will help support families, caregivers, siblings and other loved ones by helping build resilience and capacity.
We welcome and engage families, caregivers, and other caring adults of young people, providing them with services and resources that are developed specifically for their unique information and support needs. We offer free, safe, welcoming and confidential services, programs and resources to assist adults invested in supporting the mental health and wellness of young people. Whether it’s finding the answer to a question, seeing a care provider, or simply having a conversation, Foundry will make it easier for young people, families and caring adults to connect to information, services and each other, as determined with the youth or young adult.
Foundry centres have services and resources to support families. These can include family education and intervention, parent peer support and navigation and family groups (such as support, education or intervention groups). Please contact your local centre to see what family services and supports they provide.
Foundry will also provide FamilySmart™ support, resources and training for our centres. FamilySmart™ is about developing caring, connected relationships and working well together as young people, families, and service providers. It means everyone’s experience, expertise, and contributions are acknowledged, respected, and valued. When FamilySmart™ practice is applied to places where people are working together to enhance child and youth mental health, it enhances people’s involvement, experience with each other, outcomes, and makes working well together possible.
We know that the journey in supporting a young person’s wellness can feel isolating and confusing. Foundry will help families and their young person navigate the system and find the support they need.
From the beginning, we have promoted and asked that families and caregivers be engaged in the development of Foundry and play a role at all levels of the initiative – from the central office, to site leadership committees to working and advisory groups such as our branding and web advisory groups. Families will continue to play a role in Foundry as we grow. If you’re interested in getting involved with your local centre please check their page for events and volunteering opportunities. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and sign-up for our newsletter for the latest information on Foundry!
When our child started having challenges it was very overwhelming to know where to go for help, as a family we really struggled. Having an integrated team working together will make it much easier to navigate services and the get the support my child needs. Often there are many appointments at different locations. Having a team working together in one place will benefit our son, and lessen the time we all miss from work.
Our son finds it frustrating and difficult to tell his story over and over, sharing information once will lessen the stress and discomfort of getting help.
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