VIDEO: Tupper Nova – A partnership that works

“My youth is in the program and he loves the support. There is also a Tuesday night support group for parents, and mental health resources are available to us if we need them.” –Candice (Parent of Tupper Nova program client)

In addition to creating more access to care with extended hours for clients, Vancouver Community Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) is partnering with stakeholders in the community to help reach more of our child and youth clients, when and where they need us.

The Tupper Nova Program is a great example of this.

In partnership with the Vancouver School Board, the program means that 24 students struggling with mental health issues that impact their ability to participate in a typical school day now have access to supports, including:  psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy and educational supports such as providing a classroom setting geared for the individual needs of the student.

As Candice notes, the program also has a significant family component, actively involving parents in their child’s care strategy.

Students are welcomed into the program based on both mental health issues and educational needs and come from all across Vancouver.

“Even though the program only started with the beginning of the school year in September, Tupper Nova has already seen VCH Vancouver double its capacity to serve youth,” says Lizzy Ambler, Director, Public Health and Child and Youth MHSU, Vancouver Community. “Working together, we can make it possible for youth to succeed when it comes to managing their education alongside their specific mental health needs.”

The Tupper Nova program is part of VCH Vancouver Community’s larger Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use strategy.

For more information on the overall strategy and the new Tupper Nova program, please visit: www.vch.ca\childyouthstrategy

 

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