It Matters to Me: Informing Youth Services Delivery



Section Three: Literature Review In this section, I review relevant literature on two topics that supported this ELP. Topics explored include a youth integrated services hub approach and also the outcome experiences of a vulnerable population: former youth who had government experience. Youth Integrated Services Hub Approach How and why a YISH would contribute to a transformational change initiative is the first topic explored. Surrey has become the fastest developing city in North America and the second largest city in the province, with close to 518,000 people calling Surrey their home (Statistics Canada, 2017). Included in this population are young people under the age of 24, which has contributed to 45% of Surrey’s population, making it the largest youth population in the province accounting for 13% of the youth population in BC (Statistics Canada, 2017). According to the research gathered by the Graham Boeckh Foundation (Ziemann, 2019), health issues increased amongst adolescents resulting in up to 21% of Canadian’s being diagnosed with at least one mental health illness. Over a span of 10 years, Canada has witnessed a significant increase of young people, between the ages of 5-24, reporting mental health issues (Frayme, n.d.). There was a 70% jump in Canadian youth reporting that they struggled with mental health challenges, and there was an increase of 56% in hospital admittance due to mental health related issues (Ziemann, 2019). Although evidence demonstrated a significant increase of health challenges amongst young people, there is a worldwide trend that the majority of adolescence do not access support (Canadian Institute for Health information, 2015). It is estimated that 84,000 (70%) of young people in BC have a diagnosed mental health issue, yet less than one third of this population accessed support (Ziemann, 2019). Also, reports have shown that 35% of young people between

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