Addiction and mental health research gets boost

Surrey partnership commits more than $1 million to creating a centre for innovations in youth care.

A new Surrey partnership has committed more than $1 million to research better care for youth struggling with addictions and those coping with mental illness.

The John Volken Academy (JVA), SFU, the City of Surrey and the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society have contributed $1.25 million for the creation of the SFU Chair in Technology Innovations for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health.

JVA and the city are each committing $500,000 to the project, while the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society is granting $250,000.

SFU is providing funding for support staff, travel costs and expenses related to the new centre, which will be located in the JVA near 68 Avenue and King George Boulevard.

The JVA is a long-term residential drug and alcohol treatment centrer for young men and women aged 19 to 34.

The new centre will lead research, be part of a larger youth mental health initiative with the city, and teach biomedical engineering and health technology at SFU – with a focus on substance abuse and mental illness.

It’s all part of of Innovation Boulevard, a collection of health, higher education and entrepreneurial technology businesses along King George Boulevard.

”What strikes you right away is how innovative The John Volken Academy is in helping young people affected by addiction.  Partnering with leading-edge science makes perfect sense,” said Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, founding chair of Innovation Boulevard.

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said “this partnership takes a unique approach by bringing together technology research and real-world experience delivering treatment.”

 

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag Monday amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

City of White Rock, SFN reaffirm close ties

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrated on June 21

GUEST COLUMN: Looks like TransLink aims to ‘short-circuit’ plan for rail service on Interurban corridor

‘We are not going away,’ writes Rick Green, of South Fraser Community Rail Group

UPDATE: ‘Shots fired’ report in Cloverdale neighbourhood was likely fireworks, say RCMP

Surrounding neighbourhood evacuated, street closed in both directions as officers investigated

Swansong Ride2Survive raises $1M-plus in single-day cycle from Kelowna to Delta

Saturday’s ride was the 15th and final fundraiser of its kind for North Delta-based charity event

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Grey-haired bank robber hit with dye pack in Langley heist

Police are looking for an older man who may be stained with dye

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

New Lower Mainland bistro caters to board game fans and families

Local food and games at every table is the formula for the new business

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Most Read