This May 7, Celebrate Child & Youth Mental Health Day!

Michelle H., Program Manager on April 27, 2016

Did you know that May 7 is the 10th annual National Child and Youth Mental Health Day? Started by the Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health (Doing Business as the F.O.R.C.E. in BC), this day is all about creating public awareness and acknowledgement of the thousands of children, youth, and families needing mental health support and care across Canada.

This year’s theme is all about fostering ‘Caring, Connected Relationships’ between young people and caring adults. The Institute of Families has written about why they chose this theme, and they said that, “it is important to give parents and other caring adults some tools to help with having the conversation with young people". There are some resources available on the Institute of Families website to assist adults with having this conversation, including a resource that highlights some of the ways youth have said they wish adults would talk to them about mental health.

The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre will be celebrating Child and Youth Mental Health Day on Friday, May 6 by hosting a table in the Ambulatory Care building at BC Children’s Hospital (right beside the Starbucks). We will have Child and Youth Mental Health Day promotional items to give away (including stickers, pins, etc.), as well resources, food and prizes! Come visit us anytime between 11am – 2pm to celebrate with us, have some treats, get resources, and learn about what we’re doing to support children, youth and families. We'll also have a table set up inside the BC Children's Hospital Mental Health Building. 

We also encourage you to show your support for the day by wearing green! Why Green? In the 1800s, the colour green was used to brand people who were labeled “insane”. The children’s mental health community decided to continue using the colour green, but with a completely different focus. Green signifies new life, new growth and new beginnings.

For more information on child and youth mental health and for event day activities, please contact us at 604-875-2084 (Toll Free: 1-800-665-1822) or at


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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.