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CYMHSU Community of Practice

last COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE PROVINCIAL GATHERING SUMMARY REPORT

On May 13, we held our seventh annual gathering for the CYMHSU Community of Practice. The event was a great success and saw a number of guest speakers talk to the audience about issues and stories close to our hearts. Of particular note was Adya Gupta, a Grade 10 student from Abbotsford Senior Secondary that shared her story about anxiety and how the isolation brought on by COVID-19 contributed to it—reminding us all of the importance of child and youth mental health in BC. Read the full summary report below.

Summary Report - 7th Annual Gathering of the Child & Youth Mental Health and Substance Use CoP - May 13, 2022 

OVERVIEW - CYMHSU COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE 

When the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative wrapped up in December 2017, physicians and other health professionals felt there was a need to continue working together to champion care and to support improvements in mental health and substance use services for children and youth.

The Shared Care Committee agreed, and since then have been supporting a CYMHSU Community of Practice which now includes more than 270 physicians, health professionals and system partners, including representatives from Government Ministries and Health Authorities. Five in-person meetings have taken place, to bring together the community and to set common goals. 

2021/22 Strategic plan

WORKING GROUPS FOCUSing ON PRIORITY AREAS  

1) Substance Use

2) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

3) Rotating short-term “Hot Topic” issue as identified by CoP membership

resources

Newsletters

recorded webinars

A number of educational webinars have been recorded for ongoing access including the following:

  • Tackling Youth Substance Use Challenges During the Pandemic
  • COVID-19 Impacts: Child & Youth Eating Disorders 
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health

Access the recordings here.

ACES resources

For a comprehensive selection of ACEs resources and articles, take a look at our ACEs folder in the Collaborative Toolbox here.

GET INVOLVED

If you’re passionate about child and youth mental health and would like to get involved, please email Sonia Virk.