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Island Health releases child and youth mental health guide

Families now have access to an important information and resources guide for child and youth mental health and substance use services in the Campbell River and Comox Valley areas.

Island Health has partnered with the FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health to publish the “Orientation to Child, Youth & Family Mental Health and Substance Use Services.”

With significant support and input from families, key members of the Aboriginal community and service providers, the orientation guide will help families find support, resources and connections to help guide them when children or youth are experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.

The guide is dedicated in memory of Hayden Blair Kozeletski and is illustrated with Kozeletski’s art.

Kozeletski was a 16-year old client at an Island Health youth psychiatric facility (Ledger), where she died in December 2010.

The guide was developed through a partnership between Island Health and the FORCE after a jury recommendation to the coroners’ inquest into Kozeletski’s death.

Copies of the Orientation Guide will be made available at hospital emergency departments, physician offices and at Mental Health offices on the North Island.

Copies are also available on the Island Health and FORCE websites:

For information about mental health and substance use services in British Columbia visit the HealthLink BC website at,








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