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Eating disorders program provides unique approach to treatment for B.C. youth and young adults

 
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​Vancouver – The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and BC Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the Looking Glass Foundation, have officially opened the Looking Glass Residence at its new home in Vancouver. 

Formerly the Woodstone Residence located on Galiano Island, the Looking Glass Residence program provides specialized care and treatment to youth and young adults suffering from eating disorders in British Columbia. 

The opportunity to host this program in Vancouver allows for the Looking Glass Residence to expand its services, while continuing to provide the best treatment available. The new location in Vancouver provides residents with access to more community supports, resources and therapeutic activities. 

The Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders first launched this specialized, live-in treatment program in 2011. It was the first of its kind in Canada, specifically providing care for youth and young adults suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorders. In August 2014, PHSA assumed responsibility for operations in collaboration with the Looking Glass Foundation and transferred the program to Vancouver. 

Care and treatment at the Looking Glass Residence is for young people, aged 17-24, who have participated in community-based eating disorder programs or services, or are transitioning from specialized inpatient care. Residents who are medically stable but require intensive, structured therapeutic support to break the cycle of their eating disorder are treated at the live-in program. The care team takes a holistic approach to treatment, combining group and family therapy, meal support and education, guided recreation and leisure activities, and psychiatric, pharmaceutical and medical care.

The partnership between the PHSA and Looking Glass Foundation will help the Looking Glass Residence continue to provide the best care and treatment available to young people living with eating disorders and their families, in a safe and supportive, community-based environment.

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Jane Thornthwaite, Parliamentary Secretary for Child Mental Health and Anti-Bullying

“The Looking Glass Foundation and Provincial Health Services Authority are integral to helping young people struggling with eating disorders, and we are proud of our relationship with them. This partnership will provide people suffering from eating disorders with a beautiful residence, while addressing their needs and giving them the tools to integrate back into the community. Together, we can empower youth, guide their recovery and see them back on their way to achieving full and promising lives.”

Minister of Advanced Education and MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena Andrew Wilkinson
 
“Eating disorders are heartbreaking. To help these vulnerable young people, we are committed to working together with our partners to provide personalized, wrap-around care that meets their needs, as part of government’s priority of providing effective, patient-centered care.”


Sarah Bell, executive director, Children’s and Women’s Mental Health Program, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, an agency of PHSA

“The collaboration between PHSA and the Looking Glass Foundation is helping us continue to provide a unique and effective treatment program to those youth and young adults suffering from an eating disorder, with enhanced connections to community resources and therapeutic activities.”

Stacey Huget, executive director, Looking Glass Foundation

“Since first opening the Residence at its former location in 2011, we’ve helped over a hundred young people and their families recover from the devastating effects of eating disorders.  The Looking Glass Foundation looks forward to continuing this good work with PHSA, to sustaining the legacy of fully integrated, genuinely caring, live-in treatment.” 

Learn More: 

 
For more information on the Looking Glass Residence, please visit: www.bcmhsus.ca/programs-and-services/the-looking-glass-residential-treatment-centre

BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority provides expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, youth and young adults, including newborns. It is an academic health centre affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the Child and Family Research Institute. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children is the provincial facility that offers specialized child development and rehabilitation services to children and youth. Child and Youth Mental Health provides a diverse range of specialized and one-of-a-kind tertiary mental health and substance use services for children, adolescents and young adults across the province.

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across B.C., working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver provincewide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. For more information, visit www.phsa.ca.

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Provincial Health Services Authority
604-875-3732
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Laura Heinze
Media Relations Manager
Ministry of Health
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