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Spring break project investigates how youth manage stress

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This spring break, 10 young people took part in a “Youth Research Slam” creating and delivering a research project about how young people manage stress. Using their own experiences and those of their friends, participants created a survey which asked participants about the stress in their lives and what techniques they used to cope with it. Five hundred and eighty-six young people completed the survey. Slam participants then learned to analyze the data and to pull out key findings. Participants have decided to keep going with their project and are now creating a workshop to take the findings back to youth groups and begin a dialogue about positive ways young people can manage stress.

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Research and consultation projects

These reports have come out of McCreary's youth research and consultation projects. They detail young people’s feedback and recommendations on a variety of topics related to youth health policy and programming in BC. For more information about McCreary's youth-engaged research and consultation services, please contact

Becoming Whole

Becoming Whole profiles the experiences of young people who have struggled with substance use and mental health challenges, and shares their suggestions for creating and supporting youth engaged services. Please click here to download a copy of the report.

Take Me By The Hand

Take Me By The Hand further explores the responses of youth participants in focus groups for the Still Waiting report recently released by the Representative for Children and Youth. The report profiles the experiences of young people who have accessed mental health services in BC. Please click here to download the report.

Measuring Our Health and Treat Us Like We Matter

As part of the larger Growing up in BC project of BC’s Representative for Children and Youth and Provincial Health Officer, McCreary released two reports. The first, Measuring Our Health, records BC youth's feedback on the initial indicators proposed for measuring child and youth health and their suggestions for additional indicators. The second, Treat Us Like We Matter, offers youth's feedback on the data collected to measure child and youth health and their ideas to improve youth health in the province. Over 200 youth across the province were involved in the project. To download a copy of Measuring Our Health, please click here. To download a copy of Treat Us Like We Matter, please click here.

Films made as part of the project are also available to view. Please click here to see a video from a spoken word workshop that McCreary hosted.

Youth Injection Prevention Project

The final report from the Youth Injection Prevention Project (YIPP), an initiative run by the BC Centre for Disease Control, identifies risk and protective factors against the transition into injection drug use among street-involved youth. It includes descriptions of interactive youth workshops the YIPP team facilitated with support from McCreary. The report can be downloaded on the BCCDC’s website here.

Youth Included!

Youth Included! provides perspectives and recommendations from urban youth in British Columbia about their participation in the family justice system when parents separate under the Family Relations Act. The report can be downloaded on SparcBC’s website here.