As parents and caregivers, it can be scary and overwhelming when a child is experiencing mental health or substance use challenges. Know that you are not alone. Local programs and resources are available to help you through this journey and to help navigate support options.
Student Mental Health Toolkit
The Stigma Free Society believes that mental health education should be integrated into all classrooms They have designed this new Online Student Mental Health Toolkit to make this goal a reality.
Find resources for:
Parents, Guardians & Caregivers
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Provides highly specialized treatment for people across British Columbia with severe mental health and substance use/addiction issues. View Services.
Provincial Health Services Authority.
Local Community Services
At what point should we start worrying that our child’s tantrums or teenager’s mood swings are more than just “growing pains?” It can be hard to tell. Learn more at CMHA.
PEACE program - Free individual counselling and support groups to children and youth ages 3-18 (and their families) who have experienced violence and/or abuse in the home as well as families who are going through a difficult separation or divorce.
Programs and Services at Sea to Sky Community Services. Find programing that promotes and strengthens family life, as well as enhances child and family development and communication at home. See program guides - area specific info.
Providing a supportive environment to learn from other parents and professionals while connecting with others in the community. WCSS provides additional support for parents experiencing pregnancy or infant loss.
Feelings First is a campaign to introduce important concepts around Social and Emotional Development in the early years, to parents and caregivers across British Columbia.
It’s vital for to become familiar with the important role of social and emotional development in the early years.
Find information to assist you in understanding mental health and wellness in young people, identifying signs of mental health difficulties, tips for conversations with your youth or young adult and where to find additional resources and support.
Foundry - new Sea to Sky location - opening 2022
These language tools can help with understanding and communication. When helpful words, tone and body language are used, people want to hear more. It builds care and caring and can enhance the mental health of young people.
In the Know, information and support - provides expert speakers on topics important to families who are parenting a child or youth with a mental health and/or substance use challenge.
The FamilySmart™ Parent & Youth in Residence (PIR &YIR) program provides peer support, mentoring, system navigation and access to information, resources, networks and education for families of children, youth and/or young adults who have mental health and/or substance use challenges. Families-caregivers
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
KMHRC is a valuable resource for all BC residents.
* located at BC Children's Hospital
NEW interactive tool! Ask Kelty Mental Health tool can be helpful when looking for supports and services in BC for children and youth.
Navigating the System
These System Navigation Videos can help you better understand the mental health system and help guide you through the process.
The risks of using substances are greater for anyone under the age of 25 because their minds and bodies are still developing. Learn more.
Mental Health Challenges & Disorders
Mental health challenges and disorders have many different signs and symptoms and can look different in different people. When the signs are recognized early, a person can get started on the path to recovery. Learn more here.