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Youth being lost to mental health go without help.
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ACCESS Youth Outreach Services has years of experience providing youth aged 12-18 with FREE outreach and caseworker services by meeting them where they are. ACCESS CAN HELP NOW - WITH YOUR HELP. Over 50 youth with mental health issues will receive support More ...

ACCESS Youth Outreach Services has years of experience providing youth aged 12-18 with FREE outreach and caseworker services by meeting them where they are. ACCESS CAN HELP NOW - WITH YOUR HELP. To many youth are struggling with mental health issues and face a 8+ month wait list for basic support from traditional systems. 

The caseworker model is simple, we provide services after-hours, flexible to meet youth when and where they need to meet, and to assist them anyway possible. Based on our experience, street involved/at risk youth are reluctant to access traditional services. They struggle with trust, acceptance and judgement. The REALITY IS they face a 6-8 month wait list for mental health services. Many suffer from anxiety, depression, self harm, isolation, marginalization, and suicide rates have increased dramatically.  So we offer an alternative. In our one year pilot, we provided support to over 60 youth.

We know that;

  1. Youth mental health is one of the most pressing issues facing youth today: Many young people suffer from depression, suicidal ideation, stress, and feeling hopeless and lost sense of belonging. This is magnified with street involved youth when factoring variable involved with street life, gangs, drug use, violence etc..
  • 1 in 5 youth (aged 9-19) have a metal health problem or illness.
  • 70% of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood and teen years. 
  1. Lack of support resources: Services for youth 12-18 years of age are at a critical low, especially for more high risk and marginalized youth. 
  • 3 out of 4 children and youth with mental health problems or illness will not receive treatment. – Right By
  • Over 20% of children with diagnosed mental health issues wait more than a year for treatment; the average delay is 12 months – Right By


According to the city of Coquitlam youth Strategy Report, 15% of youth feel highly connected, 80% of youth surveyed identify access to services as the main barrier to utilizing community servicesHighlights of the youth impact survey: (agree & strongly agree)

  • 82 % reported they have a greater sense of belonging.
  • 53% report less conflict with parents.
  • 94% report feeling safer knowing they can access a caseworker after hours
  • 65% report decreased drug use.
  • 50% report greater success in school.
  • 94% report feeling better about themselves.

ACCESS relies solely on grants, fundraisers and donations. We do not receive any ongoing funding from any source. WE NEED YOUR HELP to HELP US HELP the youth TODAY so they can have a better tomorrow. 

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