helpful resources
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. 

The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health (Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality) 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:
  • The Child and Youth Mental Health website of the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) British Columbia. If you need help, this website also has a number of resources including a list of the MCFD Child and Youth Mental Health offices.

  • 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.

  • 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 Children's Mental Health Research Quarterly  is an electronic publication prepared for Child and Youth Mental Health Services with British Columbia's Ministry of Children and Family Development.

  • 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.

  • is designed to help youth and young adults in British Columbia check out how they’re feeling and quickly connect to mental health resources and support. Support includes education, self-care tools, website links, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.

  • 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.

  • Growing Together parent handouts available online in 5 languages Available in English, Korean, Punjabi, simplified Chinese and Spanish, these handouts give strategies for a mother to build a healthy relationship with her baby or toddler. The focus is on mothers who are dealing with depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma and other challenging life circumstances.

  • The AAP provides some information in regard to motivational interviewing. Please click here to see their resources.
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 Alliance

Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada
ADHD and you           
    Autism Spectrum Disorders Autism Society of British Columbia
    Autism Community Training BC
    Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and related Disorders
    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
    Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC)
    Schizophrenia British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
    Tourette Syndrome Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

    BCPS   British Columbia Pediatric Society
    Room 2D23F, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4
    604.875.3101 phone 604.875.2890 fax