Foundry involves over 100 partnerships across the province of BC. The Foundry central office, hosted by Providence Health Care, leads the provincial initiative and supports the development of local centres. Each Foundry centre is operated by a lead agency that brings together local partners, service providers, young people and caregivers. Foundry’s online platform, foundrybc.ca, is powered by BC Children’s Hospital.

Foundry represents community agencies, government, donors, youth and young adults, and families coming together to improve the wellness of BC’s young people.

We believe young people should have a voice in their care and that finding the right support shouldn’t be difficult.

We are building a province-wide network of integrated health and social service centres for young people ages 12-24. Foundry centres provide a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports.

We provide safe, non-judgmental care, information and resources, and work to reach young people earlier – before health challenges become problematic. Foundry brings health and social services together in a single place to make it easier for young people to find the care, connection and support they need.

We are committed to working with our partners to change lives, communities and our systems, because young people are our future.

Foundry is a new approach to wellness services for young people.

Learn how we’re doing things differently.

Our Approach

 

If I had a choice I wouldn't have to repeat my traumas multiple times to get the help I need.

- Young person speaking to the challenges of having to retell their story

We need to get ahead of the problem, ahead of the crisis. So we provide services to the younger population, when they tend to be less crisis-driven.

- Dr. Steve Mathias, Foundry Executive Director

Preventively-oriented interventions targeted to young people aged 12-24 have the capacity to generate greater personal, social and economic benefits than intervention at any time in the lifespan.

- The Economic Impact of Youth Mental Illness and the Cost Effectiveness of Early Intervention (2009). Access Economics Limited, Australia
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Find information on Foundry's network of wellness centres being created across British Columbia.

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