Research shows that 15 – 20% of children and youth have mental health disorders.

It can be easier to recognize and treat symptoms of physical illness, such as a fever, than identify and support a child’s struggle with mental health issues. Learning about mental health issues and accessing appropriate resources can help you help a child experiencing significant distress and impairing their functioning at home, at school, with peers or in the community.

Why is early diagnosis and treatment important?

Early diagnosis and treatment for a mental health disorder is essential to ensuring better long-term health of your child. By not taking this step, a child can suffer unnecessarily.

What do I do if I think my child is having mental health challenges?

  • Families have a central and essential role when it comes to achieving the best possible health outcomes for their children.
  • Pediatricians (available upon referral), and family physicians can be excellent resources for children and families when attempting to navigate the array of mental health services available from community to community within BC.

Resources for Supporting First Nations Children & Youth

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Jordan’s Principle is a federal program to ensure all First Nations children can access the products, services, and supports they need, when they need them. It can help with a wide range of health, social, and educational needs. This program applies to supports and services for First Nations youth age 19 or younger. Click Here.

Resources for Supporting Children and Youth with Mental Health Disorders

Resources for Supporting Children and Youth with Developmental Disorders

Resources for Supporting Youth at Risk of Mental Health Disorders

Resources for Supporting Children and Youth with Disabilities

Resources for Specific Mental Health Disorders

Anxiety Anxiety BC- Parent Info
Anxiety Canada
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
C.H.A.D.D. Vancouver Chapter
Canadian ADHD Resource AllianceCentre for ADHD Awareness, Canada
ADHD and you
Autism Spectrum Disorders Autism Society of British Columbia
Autism Community Training BC
BC Ministry of Education Special Education Services
Autism Speaks Canada
Bipolar Disorder
Conduct Disorder
Healthlink BC
Mood Disorders Association of BC
Depression Mood Disorders Association of BC
Eating Disorders Looking Glass BC
Kelty Mental Health – Eating Disorders
Anxiety BC
Substance Abuse BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services
Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA)
Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC)
Schizophrenia British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
Tourette Syndrome Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada