by BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
The following is an excerpt from the full article on the BC Children's Hospital web site.
Dr. Hasina Samji is the lead author of the Improving Youth Mental Health and Well-being During the COVID-19 Recovery Phase in BC report and co-principal investigator of the Improving Child and Youth Well-Being project with Dr. Evelyn Stewart, an investigator and director of research for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at BC Children’s Hospital. She says mental health education and proactive approaches to preventing mental illness need to be better coordinated in B.C.
“We know that we have not been able to move the needle on youth mental health over the last decade, even pre-pandemic,” says Samji, an affiliate investigator with BC Children’s Hospital, a senior scientist in Population Mental Well-being at the BC Centre for Disease Control and assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.