Beyond the Blues: The Hidden Depression in Children & Youth

23 November 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Chan Centre Auditorium | Child & Family Research Institute Building, BC Children's & Women's Hospital
950 West 28 Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 4H4 49° 14' 44.5812" N, 123° 7' 25.0824" W



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Dr. Ashley Miller, MDCM,FRCPC. Dr. Miller is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at BC Children's Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. She runs groups for teens with depression and caregiver groups for families of children and teens with mental health issues. Dr. Miller is co-director of the Family Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy training programs for UBC psychiatry residents. She is a passionate advocate for family and caregiver involvement in the mental health treatment of children and youth. 

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Le soutien aux repas pour les jeunes ayant un trouble alimentaire (Eating Disorders Meal Support Video in French)
This video provides strategies to help parents and families provide structure and support to youth with eating disorders before, during and after meals.
Translation: en

WANTED: Parents and Youth Opinions!

12 June 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
BCCH Research Institute
950 W 28th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 4H4 49° 14' 44.5812" N, 123° 7' 25.0824" W


  • To find out views of parents/guardians of children of any age who are struggling with mental health issues.

  • To find out views of teens (ages 14-18) who are struggling with mental health issues.    

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Compassion in Conflict

A few years ago I got my introduction to mindfulness: an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. It’s safe to say it changed my life. It not only gave me practical ways to cope with my anxiety and depression, but it also provided me with a new perspective on life.

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Kelty Centre Peer Support Profiles
Peer support workers at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre have lived experience with mental health or substance use challenges either themselves or in their families, and are available to talk to parents, youth, and families, as well as individuals of any age with eating disorders concerns. The peer support workers provide help with system navigation, mentorship and advocacy, and access to information, resources and networks. This resource contains short bios on each our of peer support workers.
Reaching Out: A School Resource Video
The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society's educational video on what schizophrenia is and how to get help.

Now Available! Stresslr: A Stress Management Resource for Kids

Back in my July blog post I wrote about a new stress management resource called Stresslr that the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre was putting the finishing touches on.

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Stresslr is a free web app that provides a fun and engaging way for children to learn about stress, understand how they react to it, and develop healthy strategies to cope with stress in their everyday lives. Stresslr can be used on computers, tablets or Android and iPhone devices.

Libraries: Great Local Resources for Families!

I recently attended a retirement party at a local library. It was my first time visiting this particular library, and as I made my way through the library to the party, I was reminded of what wonderful spaces libraries are for kids, families, and adults.

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OCD In Kids (International OCD Foundation)
This US-based site provides information on OCD in children and teens, including articles by experts in the field, brochures, fact sheets, videos, and suggested reading. There are sections for parents and for kids.

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.