It’s a desperately needed facility to help young people battling mental illness in the Fraser Valley.
The 10-bed child and adolescent psychiatric stabilization unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital is touted as the answer to the region’s service gaps for teens with mental illness.
It was slated to open next September, but now it won’t start admitting kids until May 2017.
Jane Adams with the Surrey Hospital Foundation, which is fundraising for the unit, explains why.
“I think with these big capital projects, timelines change slightly, but now we have certainty, and we have two major donors, Cloverdale Paint and Coast Capital on board, so we are looking at the May 2017 opening.”
Surrey mom Victoria Keddis, whose son has severe anxiety disorder, says the unit is needed now.
“My experience with my son was one experience, but I’ve held many hands in emergency rooms, held many parents while they cried because their child has attempted to take their life, or is just not knowing what they can do, because they are feeling overwhelmed and blamed by many people.”
The foundation is still $500,000 shy of its fundraising goal.