With the goal of inventing better ways to move forward for the next generation of children, the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island will invest $715,000 over the next three years into helping northern Vancouver Island children suffering from trauma and neglect.
On Monday, the organization brought together Diane Lloyd, interim CEO of the foundation, project co-leaders Dr. Carol Coxon and Dr. Bruce Perry to make the announcement at the Old House Hotel in Courtenay.
The Healing Childhood Trauma Partnership Project is an early intervention program for children up to six years of age, with complex emotional and developmental challenges, explained Coxon, a child and adolescent psychiatrist practising in Comox.
“Kids are chronically misunderstood and it’s too late,” she explained. “In psychiatry, we’re quite good in diagnosing. What we don’t have is a good sense of how do we help (children) heal?”