Child, Youth, Caregiver Support

Mental health challenges are increasingly common in children and youth. Many issues present before the age of 18 and can have an impact on a young person's development, sometimes affecting them throughout their adult years. Make the time to understand mental health and substance use in young people and learn how to foster good mental health over a lifetime. Find out where to go for help, or browse resources for 'tough topics' including, using substances, bullying, grief & loss, sexual health, self harm, and suicide.

Anxiety Canada

Access anxiety resources including:

  • anxiety in children

  • anxiety in youth

  • anxiety in adults

  • Anxiety Canada - free MindShift™ App.

Learn how to deal with the symptoms related to specific anxiety disorders as well as general management strategies. 

BounceBack
 

Free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth age 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry.

BounceBack® gives you access to materials and resources that can all be customized to fit your needs. You will have access to workbooks, activities, videos, or a trained coach who can provide up to 6 phone sessions.

Foundry Virtual
(Sea to Sky Foundry coming in 2022)

Offers virtual drop-in counselling sessions, youth and caregiver peer support, primary care and group offerings to young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers! Services are free and confidential and no referral or assessment is required.​

Find resources for 'tough topics', peer support, grief, sexual health, mental health, substance use, healthy living and more.

The Looking Glass

Support for individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating.

The Looking Glass offers:

  • Peer Support (age 14 and up)

  • Outreach

  • Scholarships

  • Residential Treatment Program (age 16-20)

Kelty's Key Self Help

Whatever your mental health concern, self-help is an excellent way to get started. Work through these free courses at your own pace.

 

You will need to work on and off your computer to really see results.

Child & Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Intake

Children and youth can access free and voluntary community-based mental health supports and services in BC. 

 

Intake clinics are for children and youth 0-18 yrs, and their families. Click on the explore button to learn how it works. 

Kids Help Phone 

Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 to help boost understanding of mental health so you can feel more empowered to talk about it and use appropriate language to communicate how you’re feeling.

If you need help now, you can talk to a trained volunteer crisis responder. No issue is too big or small.

ERASE 
 

The Erase|Report It tool lets you send a secure, anonymous, confidential message to your safe school coordinator.

Find resources for students, parents, & educators on student safety, sexual orientation & gender identity, mental health & substance use.

Here2Talk
*for post-secondary students

Connecting students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

Sexual Health 

Find an Options for Sexual Health Clinic near you or search the Options for Sexual Health website site for all the information you are looking for so you can make the choices you want.

Get the facts about:

Sex, STI, Pregnancy, Birth Control, Gender, Sexual Health FAQ.

Be There by Jack.org

If a friend finds the courage to reach out to you, would you know how to be there for them? 

Be There Basics will help you learn how to recognize when someone might be struggling with their mental health and gives you 5 Golden Rules to help you support and be there for them.

For Parents & Caregivers 

For parents and caregivers of children and youth. Search trusted resources including:

  • FamilySmart 

  • Feelings First

  • Student Mental Health Toolkit

  • BC Children's Hospital

  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

  • BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

  • Caring for Kids

  • Community Programs

  • Foundry