Mental health intro: Youth mental health series begins

The West Kootenay Advertiser begins a seven-part series this week on child and youth mental health issues.

The West Kootenay Advertiser begins a seven-part series this week on child and youth mental health issues.

Dr. David Smith, an Okanagan psychiatrist, has written seven columns, each dealing with a different topic, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder, and family supports.

This series is a project of the child and youth mental health and substances use collaborative, which involves multiple individuals, organizations, and ministries working together to increase the number of children, youth, and families receiving timely access to mental health services.

The collaborative is jointly funded by the Doctors of BC and provincial government.

The series, to appear weekly through early March, will be complemented by locally-written stories about services available in West Kootenay/Boundary.

Don’t miss this important, informative series of articles that tackle the issue of youth mental health.


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