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Helping youth with mental-health issues get the right services after an ED visit

For years, the emergency department (ED) has been one of the first places young people go when they have mental health or substance use needs. After being seen by ED staff, they are often referred to other services to receive appropriate care. Now, a new CHÉOS project aims to improve the way youth in the ED are referred to community health services and to promote integration between these parts of the health system.

Partnership with Foundry and BC Emergency Medicine Network to help with transition from ED to community health

“Over half of young people in Canada who go to the emergency department with a mental health concern have never been in contact with mental health services before that point,” said Dr. Skye Barbic, CHÉOS Scientist and project co-lead. “They may not know what kind of services are available to them.”

Supported by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Convening and Collaborating (C2) program, Drs. Barbic and Scheuermeyer aim to improve the transition between emergency medicine and community health services by forging a partnership between Foundry and the BC Emergency Medicine Network.

Foundry is a provincial network of integrated youth mental health services that started at St. Paul’s. It now has clinics around B.C. The BC Emergency Medicine Network operates out of the University of British Columbia Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as St. Paul’s Hospital, and connects BC emergency practitioners with each other to share and improve practical resources and to discuss important issues facing EDs and their patients.

Read the full story on The Daily Scan.