Funding to support the development of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre was generously provided by the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation

 Prevention of depression related suicide in young people.

  • Teenage suicide in Canada is an epidemic that we need to take very seriously.
  • Suicide is the second cause of death for teens in Canada, the third leading cause of death in the US.
  • Teen/Youth suicides rates have tripled since 1970.
  • Only 33-55% of teens were identified by their doctors as having a mental illness at the time of their death.
  • Only 15% of suicide victims were in treatment at the time of their death.

Unfortunately there is a stigma associated with mental diseases. Mental disease is just as detrimental to a young person's life as cancer, diabetes or any other disease that can take a life.

The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation aims to help remove the stigma associated with mental health. Our young people need to understand that when they need help, or one of their friends needs help, they should not be ashamed of these feelings. The slogan, "It's better to lose a friendship than a friend" must be understood by all... as we need to help those that are in need.

The disease, depression, can affect young and old, the poor and the rich, those who are surrounded by love and opportunities and yes, those who do not have that advantage of living in an environment where they are supported, loved and have the opportunity to succeed.

Kelty Patrick Dennehy was 17 years old when he took his own life. He lived in Whistler with family - mother Ginny, father Kerry, sister Riley - and friends who adored him. He was a strong athlete who loved the game of golf, and was on the Notre Dame Golf team. Kelty worked at the Chateau Whistler Golf course and was a member of Nicklaus North Golf Course. Kelty had the world by the tail. He was an honour student with plans to graduate from Notre Dame. From there he had expectations to go on to Bishops University for a degree in Business and then on to Law School. Unfortunately that did not happen for Kelty as he was afflicted so quickly and suddenly by teenage depression. The doctors, his family and friends could not save him - but now it is our mission to try to save others through this Foundation.

Ginny and Kerry Dennehy established the Foundation in 2001.

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.