Mental Health Challenges & Disorders

Mental health challenges and disorders have many different signs and symptoms and can look different in different people. They can impact how a person thinks, feels and behaves.

Some common symptoms of a mental health challenge or disorder are:

  • changes in mood
  • changes in the way you perceive things
  • obsessions
  • fears
  • feelings of anxiety

Mental health challenges and disorders can happen to anyone. They affect people of all ages, races and social classes. No one is immune.

The best way to prevent mental health challenges from getting worse is to recognize symptoms early and get professional help. Many mental health challenges and disorders can be treated successfully. When the signs are recognized early, that person can get started on the path to a full recovery.

Here is a list of some of the most common mental health challenges and disorders experienced by children and youth.


Addiction & Substance Use


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)



Behavioural Disorders

Bipolar Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder


Concurrent Disorders


Depression and Depressive Disorders


Eating Disorders

Emotional Regulation


Grief and Loss


Infant Mental Health


Neurodevelopmental Disorder-Prenatal Alcohol Exposure


Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)




Self Injury



Tics & Tourette Syndrome



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.