Chilliwack – Over the course of Mental Health Awareness Week, several public community events in Chilliwack have raised funds over $ 2500 for the Chilliwack Youth Health Centre (CYHC). CYHC’s profile has also been raised by a delegation presenting to the School District #33 Board of Education and Executive to highlight the early success of the Chilliwack Youth Health Centre. Speaking to the CYHC’s role in our community, recent, robust research suggests that a health center targeted towards youth, that offers a holistic range of services in one location is needed in our community. Some of this evidence comes from the McCreary Report, 2012, grades 7-12, which notes:
12% youth who thought they needed medical care did not or were unable to access services
16% of youth reported a mental health condition, and of that 61% didn’t access emotional or mental health services because they didn’t want their parents to know.