In collaboration with many partners and networks, the BC Children’s Mental Health Literacy Team has played a key role this past year in enhancing the mental health and substance use literacy of children, youth, and families as well as school and health professionals. The impact of this work reaches across the province, making mental health resources and support more accessible to those that may not have easy access to this information.  

Throughout the 2018/19 year, the Mental Health Literacy Team worked with key partners to develop innovative resources and initiatives that enhance mental health literacy skills and connect people to support. The team at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre were excited to launch a redesigned website with updated information and resources and the foundrybc.ca website added new content and has expanded its reach to youth. These are leading provincial sources of mental health and substance use information and support for children, youth and families, and also include enhanced sections for school and health professionals.

The team also developed new resources and worked in collaboration with clinicians from BC Children’s Mental Health Programs to develop the online Rolling with ADHD learning series for caregivers. Additional tools and educational opportunities were created for school and health professionals to support the mental health needs of children, youth, and families. This year marked the conclusion of the three-year provincial mental health literacy workshops delivered across 21 BC school communities.

With the support of our generous funders, these accomplishments are a result of the commitment and dedication of the Mental Health Literacy Team and partners including families and community providers. The Team continues to expand their reach and deliver high quality resources for families, youth, school and health professionals across BC. This work is an integral component to our Directional Plan as we continue making strides towards ensuring that every BC child, youth, and family achieves their best mental health and fullest potential.

      Sarah Bell, Provincial Executive Director,

      BC Children’s Child, Youth, and Women’s Reproductive Mental Health