GBF Newsletter 6.2
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July 2020
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THE BELL-GBF PARTNERSHIP: Developing IYS across Canada
Since the announcement of the $10 million partnership between Bell and the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), the two organizations have been hard at work to support integrated youth services (IYS) across Canada. The four major pillars of the partnership’s strategy for IYS are:
  • Catalyzing and developing provincial and territorial projects
  • Strengthening service quality and supporting innovation
  • Fostering pan-Canadian knowledge exchange and collaboration
  • Increasing communications and building awareness
The partnership has produced a short video that explains IYS and allows the viewer to meet some of the key individuals and community organizations that have been pioneers in developing IYS across the country. The video also includes testimonials from young people (click on the above image to be re-directed to the video).

As part of the effort to generate knowledge about IYS, the partnership undertook a public survey between February 26th and March 8th to gauge awareness of youth mental health issues and attitudes toward integrated youth sites. The survey found that 2/3 of youth are touched by mental health issues in some way and that 84% of youth feel that integrated services hubs are useful. The results of the survey are concisely laid out in an infographic that can be found here.
Webinar: Structured Psychotherapy and Measurement-Based Care: Lessons from the UK and Ontario
On May 27th, 2020, GBF hosted a webinar for senior policy makers from across Canada. This session featured Dr. David Clark, who spoke about the UK’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program. Dr. Paul Kurdyak presented early lessons from Ontario’s structured psychotherapy program called Mindability (click on the graphic above).

IAPT is an outstanding example of high quality mental health services that incorporates measurement-based care and reporting. This program is highly relevant to efforts in Canada to build quality mental health services, including for psychological services.
Foundry Expansion and Virtual Services
Foundry, the IYS network in British Columbia, has announced eight new sites. These sites join the 11 others that are open or will be opening this summer, bringing the total across the province to 19. The eight communities and associated lead agencies are as follows:
  • Burns Lake: Carrier Sekani Family Services
  • Comox Valley: John Howard Society of North Island
  • Cranbrook: Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Child and Family Service Society
  • Langley: Encompass Support Services Society
  • Squamish: Sea to Sky Community Services Society
  • Surrey: Pacific Community Resources Society
  • Port Hardy: North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre Society
  • Williams Lake: Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association
The process of site selection began in October 2019 with a call for expressions of interest and included several independent panels, a two-day in-person convening session and in-person interviews with representatives from interested community organizations. GBF congratulates the Foundry central team as well as the youth, families, and service providers in these communities and recognizes the hard work and dedication of everyone.

For youth and families without access to a Foundry centre, the network also recently launched a new province-wide virtual platform available to young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers. Foundry’s virtual services offer drop-in counselling by voice, video and chat, peer and family support, and will soon include primary care.
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