- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
Did you know that one in five children and youth in British Columbia experience mental health challenges that significantly interfere with daily living? And are you aware that in BC, over half of youth who need mental health support have not accessed appropriate resources and services?
Connecting with children, youth and families early is critical to making a difference – and the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre was established in January 2008 to do just that - to serve as the provincial hub for free mental health and substance use information, resources, supports and system navigation for children, youth and families.
Last year we established a comprehensive website of province-wide resources, and we are really pleased today to present to you our new Kelty Blog, to keep you informed about what’s happening across BC in child and youth mental health. The Kelty Blog will address hot news topics and feature upcoming events, new resources and organizations that are doing some great work in mental health literacy.
The blog is just one component of a larger social media strategy we are implementing in our efforts to improve the mental health literacy of all British Columbians!
Mental Health Literacy is the knowledge and beliefs we all need in order to effectively access, understand and use information and resources for mental health. The work we are doing at Kelty is part of a larger provincial strategy to improve health literacy in mental health and substance use, and is focused on supporting and empowering people to develop the skills they need to make informed decisions. The Health Literacy Team works with Kelty on mental health literacy projects in various settings and topics. We have developed initiatives to address school based mental health, youth and young adult mental health literacy, disordered eating and mental health literacy among culturally diverse families. Together, we aim to serve the diverse needs of BC communities and create supportive environments across the province.
Mental health literacy work can increase public awareness, increase recognition and improve early identification of mental health and substance use challenges, reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions, increase help-seeking behaviours and give people access to services sooner. Improving mental health literacy is well worth it – we all benefit from a mentally healthy British Columbia!