We are committed to transforming our community, and translating our learning for others working to improve health for youth in British Columbia and Canada. We believe research is central to this cause. Our research program, in partnership with the Institute of Mental Health at the University of British Columbia, is focused on creating and evaluating services and programs that transform youth access mental health services, improve the treatments they receive, and maximize their recovery over the long term.

“...these initiatives move young people away from high-risk activities and into positive life choices on the road to becoming successful and contributing adults.”

— Stephanie Cadieux, BC Children and Family Development Minister

Current Projects

Naloxone and the Inner City Youth Experience (NICYE)

In partnership with the British Columbia Center for Disease Control, this study is focused on understanding how taking part in a Take Home Naloxone (a medical drug commonly used as a response to overdose) training program helps youth become more interested in learning how to improve their health and the health of their friends. An Evaluation of ICY’s Depot Program: This study looks at the impact of a program that gives youth monthly injections of their medication instead of taking pills on a daily basis.

The Hotel Study

Studies youth living in single-room occupancy hotels in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through detailed psychiatric and neurological assessments, including brain imaging, to help understand the types of health and social services are needed in the Downtown Eastside.

Prescription for Employment Study

This study is focused on evaluating how well a supported employment program led by occupational therapists helps ICY youth find meaningful jobs.

Youth Peer Support Program Evaluation

The ICY Youth peer support program involves three months of in-class training, a three-month work practicum and a six month work placement. The training allows youth to use their lived experiences to work with other youth on improving their health, wellness, productivity, ability to relate with peers and/or quality of life. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact of the program on outcomes including self-esteem, the point of control and anxiety.