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Young People Resources

A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.

Reprinted from "Recovery" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (2), p. 32

Child and Youth Mental Health, BC Ministry of Children and Family Development

For youth in BC under the age of 19. Child and Youth Mental Health provides direct services and connections to community service providers and other organizations. Learn more at, or visit for a phone directory.

Your local health authority

In addition to the Ministry of Children and Family Development, you can also connect with services and programs through your local Health Authority.  To find your health authority, visit

Still Waiting: First-hand Experiences with Youth Mental Health Services in B.C.

Visit and click on ‘Resources’ for the April 2013 report from Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth. This report focuses on the experiences of youth aged 16 to 18 and draws attention to experiences from youth and families who use formal and informal mental
health services.

Children’s Health Policy Centre at Simon Fraser University

Visit for The Quarterly publication, which discusses child and youth mental health in BC, examines research around interventions to improve children’s mental health, and discusses strategies and services.

Collaborative Mental Health Care Toolkits

Visit for Child & Youth Mental Health Toolkits. The Toolkits are a user-friendly approach to screening, assessment, and treatment for mental illnesses as well as factors of wellness such as trauma and healthy child development. You’ll also find a large collection of resources, including websites, interactive games, and phone apps.

Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health

Visit for the Institute of Families for Child and Youth, a national network that supports child and youth mental health through family/caregiver engagement. You’ll find resources and information, and more information about their Family Smart Initiative.

Mental Health Commission of Canada: Child and Youth

Visit and click on ‘Issues’ to learn more about the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s child and youth mental health strategies and initiatives. You’ll find background information, study findings, and other useful documents.

Strengthening Family and Youth Voices Project

Visit for resources developed through the Strengthening Family and Youth Voices Project. You’ll find a report of research around peer support for youth, a peer support guide for youth, and a guide for parents or caregivers of youth who experience mental health problems.


Visit for Headpsace, an Australian organization for youth mental health. You’ll find their Evidence Maps. Evidence Maps help you search through current research around mental illness treatments specifically for young people, including many different therapy approaches and many different classes of medications. Parents and caregivers can also learn more about finding help and taking care of their own health.

Healthy Schools BC

Visit for Healthy Schools BC, a partnership between DASH BC and the Ministries of Health and Education, to support health-promoting schools. You’ll find teaching and learning resources, frameworks, and standards, as well as stories from around the province. Learn more about promoting positive mental health at school, supporting diverse and connected school communities, and reducing the harms around substance use.


This list is not comprehensive and does not imply endorsement of resources.


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