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

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.


Resources for Supporting Children and Youth with Mental Health 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
Kelty Mental Health – Anxiety
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
CADDRA – a Canadian alliance of medical & healthcare professionals supporting patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families
HealthLink BC
Kelty Mental health – ADHD
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s
AIDE Canada
Autism BC
Autism Community Training BC
Autism Speaks Canada
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions (CDBC)
BC Ministry of Education Special Education Services
Canucks Autism Network (CAN)
Funding for private autism assessment for children in BC and Yukon – Variety Children’s Charity
Kelty Mental Health – ASD
Pacific Autism Family Centre Society: The PAFC’s core purpose is to be a Knowledge Centre bringing together state of the art resources for research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support; and building capacity to address the lifespan needs of individuals with ASD, and their families across BC.
Treating mental health conditions in Autistic individuals
Bipolar Disorder
Conduct Disorder
Healthlink BC
Mood Disorders Association of BC
Kelty Mental Health – Bipolar Disorder
Kelty Mental Health – Behavioural Disorders
Care of Children and Youth with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
Mental Health and Well-Being Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Persons
Depression Mood Disorders Association of BC
Kelty Mental Health – Depression
Eating Disorders Looking Glass BC
Kelty Mental Health – Eating Disorders
Youth with Eating Disorders
Mental Health and Well-Being Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Persons
Here To Help
Kelty Mental Health – OCD
Youth with Psychosis
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
Kelty Mental Health- Schizophrenia
Tourette Syndrome Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada
Kelty Mental Health – Tics & Tourette Syndrome