BC's INFORMATION SOURCE FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
We all thank you so much and I don’t think it would have gone as smoothly as it did without your help.
It was so good to speak with you. I felt you really cared and understood my struggle. I cannot thank you enough. I will look into the resources you recommended. I really appreciate your time and empathetic ear.
Thank you so much! I wasn't able to find these options in my search. Very helpful!
Because of the program, I now feel that my story matters, and that my own journey of recovery matters as well. I spoke at a mental health conference hosted by a local secondary school about my recovery journey, and it was incredibly empowering. I am now also a Kids Help Phone spokesperson!
The Kelty Youth Ambassador Program helped me achieve my goal of doing something positive about my mental health. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about mental health and participate in a variety of projects. It was amazing to meet new, inspiring individuals and be surrounded by many others who are similar to me.
Kelty Youth Ambassadors displaying one of the projects completed.
in person and via Telehealth from all over BC. They heard from over a dozen mental health and substance use experts and people with lived experience.
The Pinwheel was very well run, flowed well, speakers shared pertinent personal experiences.
You’re very brave and you should be very proud that you’ve shared your story
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Kelty Mental Health and BC Children’s Hospital representatives during their visit to Canada
Achieving the vision
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre (KMHRC) was established in 2008 through the support of the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation and is part of BC Children's Hospital’s Provincial Child and Youth Healthy Living Initiative, thanks to the generosity of RBC. The KMHRC is the core element of the Mental Health Literacy Team's vision of a world where mental health is embraced and talked about easily, openly, and from a strong knowledge base. Serving the entire province, the KMHRC provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC. The KMHRC also provides assistance to those having trouble navigating the mental health system. Services are free of charge, and are available on the website, over the phone, in person, or through email.
A key feature of the operation of the KMHRC is the partnership with FamilySmart® through the Institute of Families. Peer support is delivered by FamilySmart® staff, where parents and youth with lived experience, called Parents in Residence (PiR) and Youth in Residence (YiR), respond directly to calls and emails, and offer personalized, specific guidance and support. This partnership between BC Children’s Hospital and the Institute of Families FamilySmart® program has been a unique feature of the services offered at the KMHRC, ensuring that youth and families can connect directly with a peer who understands.
The KMHRC website is a widely used resource that offers videos, healthy living tools, quick reference guides, and links to information guides on a wide variety of mental health topics. The website has tailored the information for families, caregivers, education professionals, healthcare professionals, and youth and young adults.
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