Supporting Families and Their Children


The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: Connecting with BC Families, Youth, and Professionals


Direct contacts with the Kelty Centre this year (in person, phone, email)


New social media followers this year


Website visits in 2017/18

Please know that your resourcefulness and understanding are greatly appreciated and have made the path through this extremely difficult situation easier to navigate.

BC Parent

I feel so much better after talking to you! What you said was really helpful.

BC Youth

Thanks so much! I so appreciate you being so thorough.

BC Health Professional

The BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre provides mental health and substance use information, resources, help with system navigation, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC, and also assists professionals supporting families with resources and information. Peer support is provided by Parent and Youth Peer Support Workers (FamilySmart® Parents in Residence and Youth in Residence) who have lived experience with mental health challenges. We also provide resources and peer support to people of all ages with eating disorders. All of our services are free of charge, and you can reach us over the phone, in person, or through email. The Kelty Centre was established through the support of the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, and support for the development of the website and other tools was provided by RBC.

Kelty Centre Events and Presentations


People attended or viewed the Kelty Centre 10 Year Anniversary Event


People reached at Pinwheel Education Events, presentations, and resource tables this year

I was extremely grateful to have had they opportunity to be a part of the event. I felt I had a much better understanding about mental health and so many of my questions in my head were answered that day. Thank you.

Parent attendee at 10 year anniversary event

This year, the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre celebrated its 10 year anniversary at a special educational forum. This event featured a presentation on Hidden Depression in Youth from BCCH psychiatrist, Dr. Ashley Miller. In addition, the Kelty Centre hosted a number of other educational events, including Pinwheel Educational Events on back to school anxiety and trans youth mental health. Helping Children Deal with Stress


Visits to website in the 2017/18 year

Stresslr, a friendly robot, helps kids aged 9-11 to understand what stress is, why it happens and healthy strategies to cope with it in everyday life. Effective stress management can lead to better physical and mental health for the whole family. was developed with support from RBC.

Achieving the vision

The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a 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. The Kelty Centre helps to connect people to the services they need, better understand the mental health and substance use system of care, and have the opportunity to talk to peer support workers who can offer compassionate, non-judgmental support and mentorship. Our healthy living tools and resources, such as, complement our suite of self-care and prevention resources for families to utilize in their homes.  


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