Kids’ Mental Health
Funding needed for the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit
Your support makes a difference for young people with mental health concerns from communities across the Fraser Valley. With $2 million in donations now invested in the new Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stablization Unit (CAPSU), funds are still needed to create additional programs for the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (APU) at Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH).
The APU provides comprehensive assessment and longer-term care (14 to 28 days) solely for adolescents. (As a specialized unit for young people in mental health crisis, CAPSU will provide short-term care.)
Although studies show that 50 per cent of mental disorders begin by age 14 and 75 per cent by age 24, only one third of children and teens with mental illness receive specialized care. The remaining 75 per cent receive no care or inappropriate care.
Facilities like the APU and CAPSU are badly needed in the Fraser Valley, home to the largest population of young people in B.C.
Only through key partnerships and relentless advocacy for our young patients will we affect meaningful, sustainable change. Your donations are making this happen!
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU)
The 10-bed Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU), a first for Fraser Health, is set to open this spring at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
CAPSU will fulfill the health region’s critical need for specialized inpatient mental health crisis support for children and adolescents needing urgent hospital intervention. Donors providing $2 million to support CAPSU, including a $1 million lead donation from Cloverdale Paint.
Fraser Health will provide more than $4 million in capital costs for this project, as well as an annual operating budget of more than $4 million.