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Wood Buffalo Integrated Youth Network
Jun 18, 2021
Mission: Connecting Wood Buffalo youth and families with mental health resources at the right time and place, through a collective community-based approach.
The youth hub is a place for youth (ages 11-24) to come and find mental health support in our community. The youth network focuses on creating accessibility for youth to mental health services as well as raising awareness of youth mental health needs.
We help connect youth to appropriate services in our community depending on their own identified needs. We use a person-centred approach which means that youth will have control over their own mental health care and will be able to make their own decisions. When youth access the youth hub, they will be connected with a system navigator who they can speak to openly, freely and without judgement. This initial conversation will help youth identify their needs; they can choose services that best suit those needs, and the navigator will help them access services. Currently, this support is offered virtually however, when it is safe to do so, community providers from a range of organizations in RMWB will offer some of their youth services from the physical youth hub space. This means youth will be able to drop-in and be provided with a variety of services in one location, which significantly reduce barriers to care.
If you need support or are curious about services in your community, please contact the youth network and we will help you. We support youth in accessing a range of services including wellness events, sexual health, addiction help, counsellors, recreation groups, housing, primary health care, food banks, cultural supports, education and more.
The youth network works in collaboration with other agencies to promote youth mental health in our community. We are working on mental health promotion activities and creating a network of peer support. If you would like to partner or be part of the youth hub projects please reach out and let us know what you would like to see in our community and how you can be a part of promoting youth mental health.
Follow the Youth Hub on Instagram @youthhub_wb