BC’s Health minister fighting back tears today in announcing a new youth specific North Shore mental health unit.
Terry Lake says it hits close to home, and is something he’s dealt with in his own circle of friends and family.
He had this message for parents.
“When people are brave enough to step forward and talk about it, we can bring it out of the shadows and we can remove the stigma and we can seek help without fear. Physicians today have far more tools to deal with this than they did in the past.”
“Mental health and substance abuse issues affect British Columbians from all walks of life; they touch our entire community…..we all know friends, neighbours, children, family members that have issues….sorry….everyone of us is touched by this and so it gets very emotional for many of us.”
“I have a family member that’s attempted suicide a number of times. So we have helped our sibling with that over the years. But also have close family friends that have had challenges with their children, and so it is emotional when you see the impact it has on families.”
Philanthropists Jack and Leone Carlile have donated two-million-dollars.
The Lions Gate Hospital foundation will raise the other three to get the unit built.
The Dedicated mental health unit will have 10 beds for 13-1 year olds, for a stay of 14-20 days.