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Improving physical and mental health
Physical health :
Homeless and at-risk youth are frequently faced with significant physical and mental health problems including infectious diseases, frostbite, hypothermia, depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders. These youth do not have access to the services they need to help them overcome these conditions.
A nurse is available five days a week at Dans la rue to provide healthcare and referral services. She serves as a link between youth, the healthcare system and the community. Working closely with her fellow healthcare professionals and other contacts, she forges ties with GPs, specialists, health services agency teams, and other key stakeholders.
Mental health :
The presence of youth counsellors and two psychologists, who have significant experience with the mental health needs of this age group, play a pivotal part in the process. They ensure that youth are directed toward the proper channels.
The role of the psychologists is to support the front-line teams in reviewing and analyzing information, resolving conflicts and establishing intervention plans. They also meet with youth to brainstorm about their situation, the challenges they are up against, their ambitions, and the things they hope to achieve, in an effort to help them find effective solutions.
A strong partnership has been established between the Clinique des Jeunes adultes psychotiques (JAP) at Hôpital Notre-Dame and the Équipe d’intervention intensive de proximité (ÉQIIP SOL) at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal (CHUM).