Reprinted from "Young People: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 11 (2), pp. 40
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
The Centre provides information and resources for children, youth, young adults and their families across BC who have mental health and substance use concerns. It offers options for support and treatment, tips for self-help, and free educational events. Navigation support is provided over the phone, by email or in person.
Transitions [to campus]
A publication that provides first-year post-secondary students with information on topics such as time management, relationships, sexual activity, mental illness, suicide, and addictions. It also includes mental health self-help information and recommendations on where Canadian students can go to get help on their campus. Available as a book, iBook, and app.
ON TRAC (Transitioning Responsibly to Adult Care): BC Children’s Hospital
This province-wide initiative aims to support youth with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities (including mental illness) as they transition from pediatric to adult health care services. It provides information and toolkits for youth, parents/families, and care providers to help youth ages 12–24 plan and prepare for adulthood and adult health care.
A website for young adults who were in government care in BC. It’s an up-to-date ‘warehouse’ of information on resources and services available to young adults, and a learning tool to help young people feel empowered as they leave care. It covers life skills relating to education, health and wellness, housing, ID needs, money and income, and personal life.
The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
This youth-driven, non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of young people in and from government care in BC, between the ages of 14 and 24. You’ll find resources, help with the transition out of care, and information about bursaries, youth retreats, and support networks.
Mental Health Commission of Canada: Taking the Next Step Forward
A report that considers the current state of Canadian and international policies and programs that support youth with mental health problems and illnesses transitioning into adulthood.
The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2011. Chapter 4: Creating Healthy Transitions
Chapter 4 features examples of effective approaches to create healthy transitions for youth and young adults.
Representative for Children and Youth
BC’s Representative for Children and Youth (RCYBC) supports the province’s young people and their families in dealing with the provincial child and youth welfare system. To access these sample reports, visit the RCYBC website and type each report title into the site search:
Still Waiting: First-hand Experiences with Youth Mental Health Services in BC
On Their Own: Examining the needs of BC Youth as They Leave Government Care
Growing up in BC - 2015
McCreary Centre Society
The McCreary Centre Society (MCS) is committed to improving the health of BC youth through research, education and community based projects. To access these sample reports, visit the MCS website and type each report title into the site search:
Negotiating the Barriers to Employment for Vulnerable Youth (2014)
Promoting Positive Mental Health among Youth in Transition: A Literature Review (2011)
BC Adolescent Health Survey
Fostering Potential: The lives of BC youth with government care experience (2011)
This list is not comprehensive and does not necessarily imply endorsement of all the content available in these resources.