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Youth Support

It’s not always easy to reach out, but it’s healthy to connect with people who can support you. We all struggle sometimes – and asking for help when you need it is a sign of strength, not weakness.

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Our Intake Counsellor is here to learn what you need and how we can support you.

Email now Or call 604-988-5281, ext. 226

 

We have several different ways to support and help you find meaningful connections in your North Shore community.

Counselling

We can help you when life gets hard or you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, bullying, disordered eating, sexual abuse, relationship violence, coming out, gender identity, and more. Our counsellors have the training and experience to ensure you feel safe, comfortable, and supported.

If your parents can’t afford the counselling fees or you don’t want to tell them about your sessions, we can help. Our intake counsellor can tell you more about the ways we can support you.

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We also provide:

  • Free transportation, as needed, to and from our office
  • Free drinks and snacks during your counselling sessions.

We know you’re busy with school, work, and life in general, so our office is open:

  • Weeknights until 8 pm
  • Saturdays from 9-4

Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness Program

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, or disordered eating of any kind, Jessie’s Legacy has education, resources, and inspiration that can help.

We also encourage you to check out Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement. Join the conversation on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram and connect with other B.C. youth who are talking about what it means to have a healthy body image.

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YouthLAB

Every year, a small group of North Shore high school students (grades 10-12) volunteer to form the Youth Leadership Advisory Board (YouthLAB). If you’re interested in social media, public speaking, writing, and mental health, we’d love to connect with you.

YouthLAB members:

  • Meet two Thursday evenings per month, from 4:30 – 6:30 (snacks included)
  • Earn 60+ community service hours from September through May
  • Learn about mental health issues from our professional counsellors
  • Advocate for the needs of at-risk youth in our community
  • Help us to refine our youth communication and outreach plan
  • Develop leadership, communication, and public speaking skills

YouthLAB members create presentations and campaigns for their high school peers, focused on topics including depression, anxiety, LGBTQ2S+ issues, disordered eating, bullying, and relationship violence.

If you’re ready to make a real difference in your community, please contact our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@familyservices.bc.ca or Apply Now.

PROUD2BE

We created our PROUD2BE programs, because we know that those of us who identify as LGBTQ2S+ need a safe place to talk about how that feels – and how hard it can be sometimes. We also offer help to parents and family members if they’re having a hard time, too.

PROUD2BE drop-in groups for youth

If you’re aged 16-24 and identify as queer, transgender, two-spirited, and/or questioning, please join us for this free, weekly drop-in group. You’ll connect with other North Shore and Metro Vancouver youth in a safe space, with discussions led by an experienced counsellor. Share your experiences, ask questions, and explore your identity among people who are here to support you.

To learn more, email proud2be@familyservices.bc.ca

PROUD2BE drop-in groups for parents & family

If you’re the parent of a gender-diverse youth, this group provides a safe, caring, and non-judgmental space where you can get the support you need.

To learn more, email proud2be@familyservices.bc.ca

PROUD2BE Gender Identify and Sexual Orientation Conference

Join us each fall for the annual PROUD2BE conference, presented in partnership with West Vancouver Youth Services. This province-wide conference is designed to support and connect you with other LGBTQ2S+, gender non-conforming, and allied youth.

Click here to review registration information and conference details or email proud2be@familyservices.bc.ca

 

To me, good mental health is being alive to the magic of the everyday. It also means feeling a sense of connectivity to family, community, and self.– YouthLAB member, grade 12