To find help for a child or youth, you can:
Encourage your child to talk to a teacher or school counsellor
Talk to your family doctor or pediatrician, or go to a walk-in clinic
Contact your local Child & Youth Mental Health office on one of their walk-in days
Use Kelty Mental Health’s Help Finder Tool to find specific services and providers
Contact the Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health’s Youth-in-Residence or Parent-in-Residence for guidance, information, and support. Youth-in-Residence and Parents-in-Residence are located around the province. If you don’t have one in your community, a Parent- or Youth-in-Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre can help you by phone or email
Visit www.familysmart.ca for information and resources on child and youth mental health
For young people ages 12-24, visit foundrybc.ca to see if there is a Foundry Centre in your area. Foundry offers easy-to-access mental health care, physical health care, social services, and support out of one office.
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The Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing a mental illness through public education, community-based research, advocacy, and direct services. Visit www.cmha.bc.ca.
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