Where can I go for general information about mental health?
The Kelty Resource Center is the provincial resource centre which provides children, youth, parents and families with appropriate information, options for support and treatment in BC in all areas of mental health and substance use. The centre also offers peer support to parents, youth and people of all ages struggling with eating disorders through email, phone or drop in.
FamilySmartTM Together-Centred is a provincial organization that provides families with an opportunity to speak with other families who understand and may be able to offer support or advice on what has worked for them.
Please see the Following Links for Additional Information:
- Child and Teen Mental Health (Provincial Government Website). If you need help, this website also has a number of resources including a map of mental health resources and a list of mental health intake clinics.
- Children’s Mental Health Ontario represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario. This is also a great resource for BC parents.
- eMentalHealth.ca is a non-profit initiative of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO and provides anonymous, confidential and trustworthy information.
- The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC Division exists to promote the mental health of British Columbians and support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
- The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC Division has a specific program entitled Confident Parents: Thriving Kids – Anxiety Program. The program is a free service available through physician referral to help BC families with young children who are experiencing challenges with anxiety (Referral Form). It is a phone-based coaching service for parents and caregivers that effectively reduces mild to moderate anxiety in their children ages 3 – 12.
- The Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly: The Quarterly provides summaries of the best available research evidence on a variety of children’s mental health topics, prepared using systematic review and synthesis methods adapted from the Cochrane Collaboration and Evidence-Based Mental Health. Their goal is to improve outcomes for children by informing policy and practice. The BC Ministry of Children and Family Development funds the Quarterly.
- Teen Mental Health is a project of the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, a partnership between Sun Life Financial, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre with the vision to improve the mental health of youth by the effective translation and transfer of scientific knowledge.
- Early Warning Signs about Children’s Mental Illness Not Evident to Many Canadian Parents, a report of a 2011 survey of interest to parents.
- MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends, produced by U.S. National Library of Medicine.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of Audio Interviews with experts in children’s mental health to offer families practical advice on fostering positive emotional development in their children.
- The Offord Centre for Child Studies has developed a series of handouts for parents on eight of the most common child and youth mental health problems. They are available in 9 languages.
- Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated health and social service centres and online resources for young people ages 12-24. Foundry centres provide a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports. Foundry provides safe, non-judgmental care, information and resources, and work to reach young people earlier – before health challenges become problematic. Foundry brings health and social services together in a single place to make it easier for young people to find the care, connection and support they need.
- Confident Parents Thriving Kids is an effective, accessible educational service for families of children with mild to moderate behaviour problems (ages 3 to 12) offered through the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division. Strongest Families is delivered to parents and/or caregivers via telephone in the comfort and privacy of their own homes at times that are best for the family, and at no cost. Trained coaches give weekly guidance and telephone support to families as they work their way through the program. Coaches and parents work together to solve problems as parents apply new skills in their daily lives.