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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 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays from 9:00am – 4:00pm

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), come together as volunteers to form the Youth Leadership Advisory Board (YouthLAB). If you are interested in public speaking, writing, and mental health, we’d love to connect with you.

YouthLAB members:

  • Meet two evenings each month (weekday evening to be determined), from 4:30 – 6:30pm (snacks included when meetings take place in-person)
  • Earn up to 50 hours of community service from September through May
  • Learn about mental health issues from our professional counsellors
  • Advocate for the needs of at-risk youth in our community
  • 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.  For additional information click here.

The YouthLAB 2021/2022  cohort has been selected.  Applications for Fall 2022 will be open in the spring, please check back or if you would like to be on our mailing list to be notified when applications are available, please email Susan Salazar at salazar@familyservices.bc.ca and Jenn Hamman at hamman@familyservices.bc.ca.   

YouthLAB Initiatives and Resources:

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 (in-person)

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 discussions led by an experienced master’s level counsellor. Share your experiences, ask questions, and explore your identity among people who are here to support you.  Drop-in and join us Wednesdays, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Family Services of the North Shore office (203-1111 Lonsdale Avenue). Take the elevator to the second floor and watch for the multicoloured heart on our glass doors.  For more details, click here.  If you have any questions please email us.  We look forward to you joining us. 

May 2022 Group Dates and Topics:

May 4– Tie Dye

May 11 – Game Night

May 18 – Collage

May 25 – Outing TBA

PROUD2BE drop-in groups for parents & family

Join other parents of gender-diverse youth for safe, judgment-free discussions co-facilitated by two experienced counsellors. This free, weekly drop-in group is a welcoming place for you to connect, ask questions, and learn more about how to support your trans, non-binary, gender-diverse and/or gender-questioning child or teen.  We meet via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  To learn more click here, and to receive the virtual meeting link, please email proud2be@familyservices.bc.caWe look forward to you joining us. 

PROUD2BE Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Conference (on pause due to COVID-19)

Each fall we typically host the annual PROUD2BE conference, presented in partnership with West Vancouver Youth Services. This province-wide event brings together youth, parents, and service providers for activities, panel discussions, workshops, entertainment, and clinical services. It’s a thoughtful weekend designed to support and connect our diverse LGBTQ2S+, gender-diverse and allied communities, and is open to children, youth, families and professionals. 

PROUD2BE Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Events 

Our PROUD2BE Events feature speakers with lived experience, professional panel discussions, workshops and support for gender-diverse, gender-questioning, and LGBTQ2S+ children, youth, their families and professionals.  It’s a community where you can learn, ask questions, get support and connect with LGBTQ2S+ folks, families and allied communities.  

For more information email our PROUD2BE team.

 

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