“I finally feel like I’m not alone. I feel heard, and supported when I speak with a family peer supporter because they “get it” and I don’t have to feel ashamed or alone in my struggles with my child. It is so freeing to speak with someone here. Thank you.” – Foundry Virtual BC client
What is Foundry?
We provide support BC youth ages 12-24 accessing mental health care, substance use services, physical and sexual health care, youth peer support and social services. As a caregiver, you do not need to have a youth accessing Foundry’s services to seek support for yourself.
All of Foundry services are free and confidential, no referrals or assessments required. To make the next step and connect with us today, visit your local Foundry centre. Don’t have a Foundry centre in your community? Download the Foundry Virtual BC app to access all of Foundry’s services from the ease of your mobile device, tablet, or computer.
I want to learn more about Foundry services for a young person in my life. How do I get started?
Access Foundry’s provincial virtual services through our free Foundry BC app or desktop web portal. If you’d like to access in-person services, visit one of the 11 Foundry centres across BC.
More information about Foundry’s provincial virtual services:
- Drop-in counselling is available Tuesday-Thursday from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
- Scheduled appointments are available seven days a week 1:00pm-9:00pm (book up to 14 days in advance).
- Have questions about our services? Call us at 1-833-F0UNDRY (1-833-308-6379) Monday to Sunday, 1:15 – 7:15 pm, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking for ways to take care of myself. Where can I access support for parents/caregivers?
As a caregiver, you do not need to have a youth accessing Foundry’s services to seek support for yourself. We understand that watching your young person struggle can take a toll on yourself. Foundry Virtual BC offers Counselling, Family Peer Support, Groups and workshops for any caregiver who is looking at ways to support their youth and themselves.
Remember, you are not alone when it comes to supporting loved ones who are struggling with their mental health or substance use concerns. It is easy to become frustrated, angry, exhausted, alone, or sad. Caregivers taking on stress is quite common and can lead to becoming vulnerable to changes in their health and wellbeing.
Here are some resources we recommend starting with:
- Foundry has a parent handbook called “Parents Like Us”, written for and by parents/caregivers who are caring for a young person who has a substance use disorder. You can read it here.
- There’s also a great article written by Shane, a family peer supporter at Foundry Virtual BC where he answers frequently asked questions about family peer support.
- To register for a caregivers account, make an appointment or join a group, download the Foundry BC app or access the web portal on our website. You can also email email@example.com or phone 1-833-308-6379 if you do not have access to internet.
To learn more about peer support, click here.
A young person I care for is interested in accessing counselling services, but they don’t know what to expect.add
It’s normal to feel nervous when accessing a service for the first time. There’s a great article called “Anxiety when seeing a counsellor,” written by a young person who has been through counselling. We encourage you to read this article with your young person if they’re feeling nervous or unsure about seeing a counsellor.
Keep in mind that each of us are experts in our experiences and what works for one person might not work for another.
Some young people also bring a loved one or caregiver to their first appointment. We invite you to join them or attend one of our monthly Q & A sessions to learn more.
How do I access groups and workshops with other parents/caregivers like me?add
Foundry BC offers a variety of in-person services for caregivers like you. We recommend calling your local Foundry centre to learn what groups are being offered in your community. Foundry Virtual BC offers groups and workshops for caregivers including a Caregivers Support Group which offers a safe, inclusive, and confidential virtual space for caregivers to connect.
Remember, whether your young person is accessing Foundry services or not, you are able to receive support as a caregiver!
Learn more here.
Where can I go to learn more about Foundry tools and resources?add
We have a variety of topics under our Families and Caregivers section here, which covers a variety of health and wellness tips, support, and resources.
BC Children’s Hospital Kelty Mental Health Resources Centre and Website is also a great provincial resource to help families, caregivers and professionals find the support they need, when they need it. From talking to someone who understands, to finding information you can trust, our dedicated, experienced staff offer guidance, resources and tools to help you navigate the mental health system and promote wellness.