Addiction & Substance Use

Pinwheel Education Series: Eating Disorders & Substance Use Recording
On Tuesday April 24th, 2018 experts explored the connection between eating disorders and substance use, the impacts on child and youth mental health, as well as strategies and resources available for families and caregivers to best support their loved ones and themselves. Listen to the recording of the event.
Mental Health & Substance Use Quick Reference Sheet for Youth
A list of the top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support services.
Learning Links: Enhanced Learning Series in Child and Youth Mental Health
LearningLinks is an online learning resource designed to enhance knowledge, skills and confidence in child and youth mental health to support the needs of health care professionals and improving access for children, youth and families to medical specialists with expertise in child and youth mental health in BC.
Pinwheel Education Series Recording: Youth & the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis is in the hearts and minds of people all across the province. This devastating public health emergency is especially top of mind for parents, educators, and health care providers as they endeavour to protect those they love, and those they work with. In this Pinwheel, our panel will cover an overview of the opioid crisis (including dispelling misinformation), discuss how it is affecting youth, and talk about the take home naloxone program.
Dr. Buxton's Youth and the Opioid Crisis Presentation
Dr. Jane Buxton's presentation for the Pinwheel Education Series: Youth and the Opioid Crisis event.

Your Feedback Wanted: PiR/YiR Program Evaluation

21 November 2016 (All day) - 2 December 2016 (All day)
Online! 56° 7' 49.3176" N, 106° 20' 48.3756" W

Our partners at the Institute of Families/FORCE have hired external evaluators to survey families about their experiences of the Parent in Residence (PiR) and Youth in Residence (YiR) program. If you are a parent or caregiver who has connected with a PiR or YiR at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre or in your home community, they'd love to hear from you. 

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VCH Access and Assessment Centre Open House

22 November 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia 49° 17' 4.1856" N, 123° 7' 13.3932" W

Curious about Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Vancouver?

Open House-Join us!

Presented by: Vancouver Coastal Health

Learn about the Access and Assessment Centre




No registration required.

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Understanding Gaming Addictions in your Kids

24 November 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Terry Fox Theatre
1260 Riverwood Gate
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia 49° 15' 46.2168" N, 122° 46' 51.8556" W

This event is FREE but space is limited, so register early!



  • Benjamin Wong, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Richmond Addiction Services
  • Parent with lived experience
  • Youth with lived experience
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b4stage4 Conference

28 November 2016 (All day) - 30 November 2016 (All day)
Victoria Conference Centre Victoria, British Columbia 48° 25' 16.5504" N, 123° 22' 19.218" W

When it comes to mental illness and addiction, why do we often wait until it's too late? When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don't wait years to treat them. We start way before Stage 4. And when people have the early signs of those health problems, we try immediately to reverse those symptoms.


$250 – $565. Please check out the website for more details, some sponsorship may be available.


Please register here

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Balancing Our Minds 2017: Community Summits

For the past four years, the annual Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit event has been my favourite day of the year. I realize I’m shortchanging a whole number of holidays, celebrations, birthdays and general life events with that statement, but I can’t help it – it’s true.

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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.