B.C.’s lack of mental health resources take a toll on youth

Chelsey Tober with her siter Amanda (Facebook)
Chelsey Tober with her siter Amanda (Facebook)

In the last decade, mental health has been on the rise not only in B.C. but worldwide. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in seven young people in B.C. will personally experience a mental illness at some point. Two B.C. parents are far too familiar with their child experiencing a mental illness. Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart has a daughter in her early 20’s who has experienced anxiety and depression. Maple Ridge mom Belinda Tober is the mother of Chelsey Tober; a 17-year-old girl who took her own life nearly three years ago. These parents shared their stories about the struggles of finding resources for their children in the Lower Mainland.

 

Q&A with Richard Stewart

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