The effect of Healthy Living

Making small changes in our daily lives can have positive effects on our mental health.

Physical and mental health are closely connected, and can influence one another. For instance, changes in our mental health can lead to changes in our body reactions, such as difficulty breathing, muscle tension, or upset stomach. Making small changes in our daily lives so that we’re living in a healthier way can therefore have positive effects not just on our physical health but on our mental health as well.

Children and youth with mental health conditions may have unique challenges when it comes to healthy living. This may be a result of their condition, the medication they are on, or other factors in the environment that may make it difficult to sleep well, be active, eat nutritionally, or cope with stressors.

The Kelty Centre has developed a number of resources to help families promote both their physical and mental health, including apps, interactive tools and activities, and Healthy Living Toolkits for families and health professionals. You can find these tools and resources throughout the Healthy Living Section of this site.

Many of the resources and tools in this section were developed as a part of the Provincial Child and Youth Healthy Living Initiative. This Initiative aims to improve healthy lifestyle behaviours among children, youth and their families who deal with mental health and substance use challenges throughout BC. The Provincial Child and Youth Healthy Living Initiative is sponsored by RBC, and is a part of the RBC Children's Mental Health Project



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.