What is Mental Health?

We view mental health as just one component of a person’s overall health. As such, there is no “health” without “mental health.”

What is Mental Health?

There are many ways to define mental health. To different people, it can mean a lot of different things. Here at Kelty, we view mental health as just one piece of a person’s overall health. This means there is no “health” without “mental health.” Mental health is more than just not having mental illness - mental health is an important resource for everyday life. It affects how we feel, think and understand the world. Good mental health and well-being helps us to stay balanced and be resilient, to enjoy life and cope with everyday stress, and to bounce back from bigger setbacks.

Our Philosophy

It is important to recognize that mental health challenges are common. At some point in our lifetime, most of us will either struggle with a mental health challenge ourselves, or know someone who is affected by one.

At Kelty, we believe that whether or not you’ve been diagnosed with a mental disorder, everyone can experience mental well-being. Many people with mental health challenges live happy and productive lives and create many meaningful relationships.

Healthy Living and Mental Health

To keep your mind healthy, it is also important to take care of your body. The way you eat, sleep and stay active can have a big effect on your mental health. Healthy routines for eating, sleeping and physical activity can improve self-esteem, affect the way you think, and make it easier for you to deal with stress. For more information on how a healthy lifestyle can impact your mental health, check out our website’s  Healthy Living section.

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.