The Saanich Peninsula Youth Clinic operates at Peninsula Medical in Sidney on Thursday nights from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Providing a walk-in health clinic for youth aged 12 – 24 years old, it involves Family Physicians, mental health Counsellors, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, as well as a youth worker and First Nations elder. The clinic is a collaboration between many partners including the Ministry of Child & Family Development, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, Sidney by the Sea Rotary, the Youth Justice Committee, and several other community groups. A rotation of physicians offer their services after their own clinic hours and a dedicated team of local youth volunteers help build and maintain a ‘youth friendly environment’.
The clinic grew out of the work of the Saanich Peninsula Local Action Team (part of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Youth Collaborative) and a large percentage of patient visits are for anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance use. Running the clinic takes a tremendous amount of effort and collaboration.
Peninsula News Review Article – Hugo Wong Mar. 12, 2018 Peninsula Youth Clinic re-opens in a new location.
“We are very thankful to Emily Olsen and the Connection project for opening the dialogue about mental health in our community. Through your attendance at this event, you are directly supporting the ongoing work of the Saanich Peninsula Youth Clinic so we can continue to provide physical and mental health services to youth in our community. Thank you!”
– Dr. Kate Evans, Medical Director of the Youth Clinic