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School & Youth Health

Healthy students are better learners and better-educated individuals are healthier. A healthy school is one that consistently strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for learning, playing, and working.

Students will have many opportunities in every aspect of their school experience to foster their healthy physical, mental, social and intellectual development.

Northern Health supports the Comprehensive School Health Framework, an approach to healthy schools that links health and education professionals, families, and surrounding communities to promote the health of people in the school setting.

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At school entry (4-6 years of age) students are offered vaccinations against Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis/Polio, Chickenpox and any childhood vaccinations that may be overdue. Kindergarten immunizations are offered through Primary Care Homes; information is sent home regarding dates and times.

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Mental & Emotional Wellness

Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment Unit (APAU)

University Hospital of Northern British Columbia - 3rd Floor
1475 Edmonton Street
Prince George, BC
V2M 1S2
Phone: (250) 565-2575
Fax: (250) 565-2661

The Adolescent Psychiatric Assessment Unit [APAU] is a six-bed inpatient assessment and crisis stabilization unit for youth aged 12-18 years of age, living within the Northern Health Region.

Referrals are accepted on an ongoing basis from family doctors, emergency departments, Community Mental Health and Addictions Clinicians, and MCFD in the Northern Health Region; however, collateral referral information, and support for the referral from a family doctor is required. Referrals are processed through a committee and triaged to the appropriate service.

Adolescents experiencing the following difficulties may be admitted for either assessment or crisis stabilization:

  • Psychosis
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Aggressive Acting Out
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Compulsive violence
  • Homicidal thoughts
  • Eating Disorders

Therapeutic Approach

APAU works toward the creation of an environment that is welcoming and accepting. Services are offered from a multi-disciplinary team that follows a biopsychosocial model. The team members consist of disciplines in Psychiatry, Psychology, Nursing, Counselling, Recreational Therapy, and Education.
Services include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Recreational activities such as cooking group, art therapy and outings off site
  • Family involvement, which is an essential part of our assessment process
  • Crisis consultation is available when it is needed including while awaiting services and after being discharged from the program
  • Youth may have planned passes with family or caregivers to assess their readiness to leave the program

Referrals

Referrals are accepted from sources within the Northern Health Region. Referral packages can be obtained by contacting our Wait List Clinician at 250-649-7065.

It is highly recommended that young people coming into the program have an established relationship with counselling services in their own community prior to admission. Youth that do not have a counselor prior to admission will be referred to a local counselling service as part of their assessment and discharge planning for APAU.

Important Considerations

  • Case Managers can call into Grand Rounds every Monday at 10:00 a.m. (except stat holidays) to gather information for admitted clients or for any ongoing support pre- and post-admission. (please call 250-649-7065 for details)
  • All youth are required to participate in the daily programming to the best of their abilities. Clients can be re-referred for further assessment or follow up.

Aftercare

After a young person leaves our care, follow up and support is very important. We do our best to make the transition back into a home environment as successful as possible. To do this we provide:

  • Individualized discharge planning consisting of ongoing consultation and collaboration with the youth, family, and community care management
  • A written summary of recommendations for aftercare and follow up to the Family Doctor and to the Case Manager
  • Support to assist family members following the return home

Nechako Youth Treatment Program

1308 Alward Street
Prince George, BC
V2M 7B1
Phone: (250) 565-2881
Fax: (250) 565-2883

Established in 2000, the Nechako Youth Treatment Program provides an inpatient addictions based treatment program for 7 adolescents aged 13-18 years of age who live in the Northern Health catchment region. There is one acute bed for medical detoxification that can be utilized on short notice if it is available.

Referrals are accepted from anyone – a referral package is filled out and reviewed by referral committee and appropriate referrals are given intake date and wait-listed until a bed becomes available. The wait-list clinician will be in contact with intake date and information as needed.

The program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach. Services are provided by nurses, a unit physician, a family liaison, and youth care counsellors. Psychiatrists and Psychologists are available as needed.

Recovery from substance misuse can be a difficult process, and therefore, the program consists of two phases wherein phase 1 is a time for rapport building and settling into the program and then if appropriate moves into phase 2 which is more treatment focused.

Services:

  • Mental Health Assessments and Treatments
  • Addiction Severity Assessments
  • Therapeutic Groups
  • Educational worksheets
  • 1:1 counseling
  • Recreational activities within the community
  • Journaling
  • Life skills training
  • School program
  • Discharge planning and referrals to ongoing care

Important Considerations:

  • Any youth who leaves the centre without authorization will be considered discharged
  • Prescription/nonprescription medications must be handed in upon arrival and only the Unit Physician can prescribe medications
  • Couples and members of the same family will not be permitted to attend the program at the same time
  • Phone calls and visits are limited and need to be prearranged

Prince George Eating Disorders Clinic

1308 Alward St - 2nd Floor
Prince George, BC
V2M 7B1
Phone: (250) 565-7479
Fax:(250) 649-7662

Provides free service in the Northern Health Region for youth and adults assessed with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or EDNOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified).

The Clinic can be accessed directly by clients without a referral by a physician by calling 250-565-7479.

Services include:

  • Assessments – Medical, Psychosocial, and Nutritional and family
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Meal support therapy
  • Nutritional therapy and support
  • Family support
  • Medical follow-up appointments
  • Psychiatric consultation when appropriate

Clinic staff consults and collaborates with local and regional resources in order to provide service closer to home for out-of-town clients; video-conference assessments are available.

When necessary, the clinic refers clients to BC Children’s and St. Paul Hospital Eating Disorders Programs.

Should I Be Worried?

Eating disorders and weight preoccupation affect people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and occupations.

Warning Signs of a possible eating disorder are:

  • Restrictive or unusual eating patterns
  • Preoccupation with food, weight, and dieting
  • Elimination of food groups
  • Uncontrolled eating
  • Denial of hunger and/or fullness
  • Coping with emotions by overeating or not eating
  • Extreme body dissatisfaction
  • Obsession with exercise
  • Secrecy and isolation from family and friends
  • Guilt, shame, and anxiety around eating
  • Depression and moodiness
  • Low self esteem and self worth
  • All or nothing thinking
  • Perfectionism
  • Noticeable weight loss or gain
  • Self-induced vomiting and swollen neck glands
  • Irregular or absent menstruation
  • Hair loss
  • Frequent dental problems

Note: Warning signs like low self esteem, while concerning, is not by itself an indicator of an eating disorder. These are provided to assist you in being aware of some of the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder. Early intervention is very important for a better chance of recovery.

Guide for Friends and Family:

  • Nagging to eat more or less will only make things worse; overeating or under eating is only the symptom.
  • Talk about things other than food, weight, and appearance.
  • You alone cannot provide the cure; the real problem can be very deep.
  • Take time to learn about eating disorders.
  • Assist your friend or family member to seek help. This may be difficult because of secrecy or denial.
  • It is important to support your friend or family member. This is a very difficult time in his or her life.
  • Be patient. . . overcoming an eating disorder will take time.
  • Find outside support for yourself.
  • It is okay to report your friend’s illness to a professional. If your friend or family member will not seek help, speak with a school counsellor, teacher, nurse, or doctor.

Community Referrals:

Health care providers, educators, and other community resources may refer clients or access our service for consultation.

Referrals may be faxed to 250-649-7662; please call and request a referral form.

Community Development and Consultation:

The clinic collaborates and consults with agencies, consumers, community groups, hospital and mental health staff, physicians, and other professionals; the clinic also networks with other services specializing in eating disorders.

We promote initiatives providing support, education, and other eating disorders services which expand the continuum of care and resources and are involved with prevention committees in the Northern Health Authority and the Provincial Eating Disorders Network. Clinic staff provide education workshops for professionals in the Prince George community , as well as providing consultations and liaison for the region.

Youth Mental Health and Addictions Services

1308 Alward St - 2nd Floor Prince George, BC
V2M 7B1
Phone: (250) 649-7660 Fax: (250) 649-7662

Prince George Youth Mental Health and Addictions Community Services consists of two service delivery areas:

1. Early Psychosis Identification and Treatment:

We provide a range of services to both youth and adults who have experienced a first break psychotic episode. People can be referred by someone they know or by themselves.

  • A holistic-needs assessment, client-centered treatment plan, and relapse prevention plan are developed.
  • We work cooperatively with other services such as Intersect, MCFD, Addiction Services, and community programs such as Reconnect, Canadian Mental Health, BC Schizophrenia Society, etc.
  • We provide education to the family and to the client regarding the illness, treatments, and effects of illicit drug use as well as prescribed medications for the illness.

Ongoing family support:

  • One-on-one case management and group support.
  • Liaison with local inpatient programs.
  • The length of treatment is dependent on the person’s response to treatment.

We operate a Surviving Psychosis group weekly for individuals in recovery. This is a peer support and life skill focused group.

The Team Approach:

Services are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of a Registered Nurse, Case Managers, Psychiatrist, and Psychologist.

Referrals to vocational and recreational rehabilitation services are also available. As well, referrals to other community agencies and supports are done on an as-needed basis.

Provides assessment and assertive community outreach support services to individuals who have experienced a first break psychotic episode. Services are provided to both youth and adults living within the Prince George area. Consultation is also available to the Northern Health region.

Referrals come from anyone who is querying psychosis in someone they know or themselves.

Services are offered by a multi-disciplinary team of a Registered Nurse, Case Managers, Psychiatrist, and Psychologist. A holistic needs assessment is comprised and client centered treatment plan and relapse prevention planning is developed.

Complexity of the cases usually requires co-case management with other service providers, i.e. Intersect, MCFD, Addiction Services and community programs such as Reconnect, Canadian Mental Health, BC Schizophrenia Society, etc.

2. Youth Community Outpatient Services and Assertive Case Management:

Provides services to youth aged 13-19 who are misusing substances and individuals with co-occurring disorders in the Prince George area. Prince George Youth Community Services consists of two service delivery areas:

1. Assertive Case Management

2. Prevention Services

Services are offered by a multi-disciplinary team of a Registered Nurse, Case Managers, Psychiatrist, and Psychologist.

Services are delivered in an assertive outreach model in effort to engage with youth in non-traditional clinic settings. The complexity of cases usually requires co-case management with other service providers such as Intersect, MCFD, and community programs such as YAP and Reconnect.

Assertive Case Management:

Services are provided to youth aged 13-19 who are misusing substances and individuals with co-occurring disorders.

In cooperation with the client, we develop holistic needs assessments, client-centered treatment plans, and development and relapse prevention plans that work from a strength-based approach.

  • We maintain linkages to community partners and agencies and, where appropriate, work together with them to provide the best possible service.
  • We manage referrals to appropriate inpatient services either locally or provincially.
  • We provide education to families and individuals on substance use and related problems.
  • We provide ongoing family support.
  • Young people can access one-on-one and group support.
  • We operate a Relapse Prevention group for youth who want to use harm reduction strategies to stop or decrease their substance use.

Prevention:

Awareness presentations and information sessions are provided for the community.

Also provided:

  • Current literature on substances of abuse.
  • Current literature on special programs to address risk factors that allow substance-use-related problems to occur.
  • Help to develop and support preventive factors that push back against the development of problems.
  • We engage in ongoing collaboration with community partners to establish a coordinated drug prevention strategy.
  • We also provide education on substance-use-related problems and on mental health issues to other services in the community.

Additional Resources

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Contact

NH Healthy Schools email: healthyschools@northernhealth.ca