Unique trans youth clinic gets support
The Metta clinic was only able to operate one half-day per month
southern Alberta program that advocates call a lifesaver for trans youth is finally getting some much-needed help tackling its huge wait list.
The Metta Clinic, based out of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, acts as a hub of services for transgender and gender-diverse youth and serves the city and southern Alberta. It was launched in 2014 as a pilot, and has been running on a limited basis ever since, helping young people between the ages of seven and 20.
Julie Kerr, the Alberta Health Services (AHS) senior operating officer for community, rural and mental-health services in the Calgary zone, said AHS shuffled resources to beef up the Metta Clinic’s programs.
As of last month, two fulltime counsellors were added to the program and over the summer, she said AHS anticipates adding a new psychiatrist and more physician resources — and all of that translates to more clinic hours.
AHS says new resources will reduce wait times for youth in need of care thestar.com/calgary
Skipping Stone Foundation co-founder Lindsay Peace, left, and her son Ace at Crescent Heights High School.