The Youth Clinic is dedicated to creating a safe place for youth to share difficult health issues. We are a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychiatrists,outreach worker, office assistants, volunteers and executive director.
We provide an integrative approach to primary health care for youth ages 12 to 24, helping with testing, treatment, counselling and referrals to agencies or specialists.
In addition to our clinical care, we are a teaching and research site, so we often have medical students, medical residents, and sometimes people from other community organizations learning at our clinic.
You, the parents, friends or family of our youth clients, are a great resource for us. We value your knowledge and we appreciate your input. If at any time you have questions, suggestions or information, please call us or email us. Please keep in mind that most of the youth we see are competent to provide consent for treatment, and that absolute confidentiality is essential to good quality care. However, if you have questions we can discuss treatment with you if we have consent from the youth, or we can discuss general principals of treating health issues. Remember that we value your help and advice at all times and want to hear from you.
The Youth Clinic Team
Overdoses are increasing in Victoria.
Friends, family and community members using opioids and
stimulants face increased risk from both injection and inhalation.
Overdose prevention services are available throughout Vancouver Island: www.islandhealth.ca/our-locations/overdose-prevention-supervised-consumption-locations
You can check your drugs through https://getyourdrugstested.com or other drug-checking services https://drugcheckingbc.ca/drug-checking-sites/island-health
FNHA’s Nasal Naloxone training video:
To find services and supports in your area, contact the Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service: 1-800-663-1441
KUU-US toll free crisis line: 1-800-588-8717 (24/7 crisis response services for Indigenous people across BC)
Tsow-Tun Le Lum counselling and cultural support line: 1-888-403-3123 (M-F 8 am-8 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am-2 pm) www.tsowtunlelum.org
Access harm reduction services and information at https://towardtheheart.com
If you are alone, you can:
o try the Lifeguard App on your phone at www.lifeguarddh.com
o try the Brave App on your phone at www.thebraveapp.com
o contact the National Overdose Response Service at 1-888-688-6677
FamilySmart has started a new workshop series called Help For The Hard Times. These workshops are for South Island families and caregivers whose child or youth has been a patient in a psychiatric unit or have had repeated hospital ER visits at Victoria General or Ledger House. These will be delivered every month and are facilitated by parents with lived experience and are hosted online.
Details for 1-hour Workshops
Session 1: How to support a safety plan at home (Part 1)
Session 2: How to support a safety plan at home (Part 2)
Session 3: How to take care of yourself and your family after a crisis
Session 4: How to find the resources you need
Dates & Times:
June 7,9, 14 & 16 from 6 pm -7 pm
July 13, 15, 20 & 22 from 4 pm - 5 pm
August 10, 12, 17, & 19 from 12 pm - 1 pm
For more information and registration: https://familysmart.ca/workshops/
Sometimes parenting challenges can feel overwhelming. This program for parents of teens provides ongoing support. Manual and materials are provided to participants. Parents may stay in the group as long as they feel they need support and help in their daily parenting.
· Attachment and relationship-based practices
· Communication and 6 critical messages
· Developmental changes in pre-adolescence
· Adolescent brain development
· Boundaries, and turning over responsibility as appropriate
· Self-care – taking back your life
· Adolescent mental health
· Substance use and teens
Time: Tuesdays at 12-1:30 pm via Zoom
Registration: Lisa Hoffman lhoffmanbgcvic.org / 250 217 4929 please include your contact information and when you can be reached.