Youth Resources

This section focuses on how to help youths aged 13 to 19 navigate adolescence and arrive at adulthood with a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy sexuality.

For Youth and Parents

Island Health offer services to promote optimal health and learning during adolescence.  Contact your local public health unit to learn about the services available to you or your teen including:

For more information, contact your local public health unit.

Some things to keep in mind if you are caring for teenagers:

  • teenagers’ relationships with parents, family, friends, and peers are in transition - respect their need for independence and privacy, while still providing support and boundaries
  • adolescence is the second fastest growth period your child will ever go through
  • nutrition and active living are important for healthy growth
  • emotional changes are huge – pay attention!
  • listen, don’t judge and don’t take emotional outfall personally
  • taking risks is a natural part of growing up - help your teen make informed decisions about tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other risks
  • talk openly with your teen about sexuality
  • believe in and trust your child – most teenagers make it through the rocky terrain of adolescence without serious physical, mental, or emotional harm

For School Communities:

Locations

Ledger House - Children, Youth & Families

Ledger House - Children, Youth & Families

Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health

2400 Arbutus Rd
Victoria, B.C. 
V8N 1V7

250-519-6756

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre
Located at the 
Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
741 Third St
Nanaimo,  BC   V9R 7B2

250-755-3333 or cell/text 250-619-0651

Services

News & Events

VGH Auxiliary funds reno of children’s lab area at VGH

VGH Auxiliary funds reno of children’s lab area at VGH

The laboratory area located within the Child and Family Ambulatory Unit at Victoria General Hospital (VGH) has been transformed into a more inviting area for the children and babies who visit it, thanks to $150,000 in funding from the Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary. 

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People unveiling a truth and reconciliation plaque.

Island Health Magazine Fall 2021

Read articles on building resilience in children; how loneliness impacts health; tips and recipes for healthy to-go lunches; information about IBD and a feature about patient partners.

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Large red letters that spell "Emergency" in front of an emergency department

Island Health asks for public’s assistance in appropriate emergency department use

Island Health is asking people to do their part to ensure our hospital emergency departments can continue to meet the care needs of patients experiencing medical emergencies.

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