Navigating the Mental Health System

Looking for treatment can be frustrating and confusing. It may not always be clear where you should go next or what your options are. The Help Finder Tool and System Navigation Videos below can help you better understand the mental health system and help guide you through the process. Don't hesitate to contact us by phone, email, or in person for additional information, resources, and help navigating the mental health system. 

System Navigation Videos

It can be frightening and overwhelming when a child or youth is experiencing mental health challenges. It is important to remember that, even though it may not be easy, most mental health challenges and disorders can be treated. It is also important to remember that you are not alone. There are many resources and places to find support that will help you through this journey.

One way to get more information about the mental health system is through our two system navigation videos. These videos provide families with helpful information on where to start when a child or youth is experiencing a mental health challenge. The videos are available in 7 different languages. To watch the videos visit:

Help Finder Tool

The Help Finder tool below can assist you in navigating the mental health care system. 

The Help Finder tool is designed to help you better understand the mental health care system, connect you to the resources you need, and guide you through each step of the process.

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.