- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
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.