Written by Nafisa Abdulla, Senior Consultant, Public Affairs, Communications & Public Affairs

Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit will be opening this spring, providing young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis with stabilization.

A state-of-the-art unit for children and adolescents with urgent mental health issues is set to open in late May at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) will be home to a Snoezelen™ Room, a multi-sensory environment used to help reduce agitation and anxiety and stimulate and encourage communication, the first of its kind for children and youth in a hospital psychiatric unit in Canada.

CAPSU will serve young people from across the Fraser Health region, aged six to 17, who need a five- to seven-day stay in hospital for stabilization. Cloverdale Paint, one of the city’s oldest and most successful family-owned businesses, has contributed $1 million to the new unit through the Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation. The unit will be named in their honour – the Cloverdale Paint Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit.

Over the past 11 months, the space formerly occupied by the hospital's old emergency department has been transformed into a therapeutic environment for children and adolescents experiencing an acute mental health crisis. The community has donated more than $2 million to the Foundation to make CAPSU a therapeutic environment that complements the work of the specialized child and youth mental health professionals on the unit.

Read the full news release.


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