Youth wellness van aims to reduce stigma, transportation barriers for young people in Nanaimo

A mobile service van that aims to reduce health barriers for youth up to 25 years of age by providing a variety of wellness services is about to hit the road in Nanaimo and Ladysmith, just in time for the start of the school year.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority says the van, which will be staffed with public health nurses, will offer sexual health information, birth control access and pregnancy and STI testing, along with vaccinations, harm reduction and mental health and substance-use support.

“The kids want a van,” said Barney Ellis-Perry, the CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, on CBC’s All Points West this week. 

“They want us to

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