Healthy Living

SELF Toolkit for Children
Developed by the BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health Inpatient Program, this toolkit allows care providers to work with youth to identify their potential triggers and dysregulation cues, and to create a customized stress management plan. It includes a Safety Plan for Passes and a personalized Safety Plan for discharge that youth can complete based on the toolkit activities. Two version of the toolkit are available; one for adolescents and one for children.
SELF Toolkit for Adolescents
Developed by the BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health Inpatient Program, this toolkit allows care providers to work with youth to identify their potential triggers and dysregulation cues, and to create a customized stress management plan. It includes a Safety Plan for Passes and a personalized Safety Plan for discharge that youth can complete based on the toolkit activities. Two version of the toolkit are available; one for adolescents and one for children.
Setting the Stage for Lifelong Healthy Behaviours: An Overview of Appetite to Play
Physical activity and healthy eating in Early Childhood (0-5) is important for healthy child development and setting the stage for lifelong healthy behaviours. Appetite to Play is an initiative designed to support early years providers promote and encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Appetite to Play provides healthy eating and physical activity recommended practices and practice support resources for early years providers to use in a variety of settings including: daycare centres, family based childcare, preschool and parent participation programs.

May 7th is National Child and Youth Mental Health Day!

Monday, May 7th is National Child and Youth Mental Health Day! Started by the Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health, this day is about creating awareness and acknowledgement of the thousands of children, youth, and families needing mental health support and care across Canada.

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Chef Fromage Facilitator's Manual
The Chef Fromage and his Veggie Friends Great Kitchen Challenge was co-designed by patients, families, and a multidisciplinary team on the Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at BC Children’s Hospital. The purpose of this project was to create a resource for youth as part of a Healthy Eating Initiative. This cookbook is intended to be an interactive resource for youth at different stages of healing in both group and individual work in a variety of settings. We hope that it will be used in hospital inpatient/outpatient programs, schools, community-based programs, and in any other settings where youth are supported! The Goal of the Project was to create a healthy eating resource that includes healthy recipe options of foods youth typically eat, and helpful information related to cooking and eating. Along with the cookbook, this complementary curriculum builds on youth’s skills in and around the kitchen.
Chef Fromage Cookbook
The Chef Fromage and his Veggie Friends Great Kitchen Challenge was co-designed by patients, families, and a multidisciplinary team on the Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at BC Children’s Hospital. The purpose of this project was to create a resource for youth as part of a Healthy Eating Initiative. This cookbook is intended to be an interactive resource for youth at different stages of healing in both group and individual work in a variety of settings. We hope that it will be used in hospital inpatient/outpatient programs, schools, community-based programs, and in any other settings where youth are supported! The Goal of the Project was to create a healthy eating resource that includes healthy recipe options of foods youth typically eat, and helpful information related to cooking and eating. Along with the cookbook, this complementary curriculum builds on youth’s skills in and around the kitchen.

Health Literacy Team & Kelty Centre Updates

The BC Children's Hospital Health Literacy Team and the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre have a lot going on these days and we want to share it all with you!

We've developed a new app and have a lot of upcoming events and opportunities for schools, communities, and youth on the horizon. Read on below for more info! 

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Healthy Strategies for Back to School

As the days get shorter throughout the month of August and the beginning of fall draws near, a wide range of feelings can emerge. Much like January, the arrival of September often feels like the start of a new year: a time to reset and to start new activities, new routines, and new goals.

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How Does Internet Use Affect Girls’ and Women’s Body Esteem?

The way we engage with each other is changing, or perhaps it is safe to say that it has changed. Social media and internet use is a large part of western culture and there is no going back. We are bombarded daily by images, posts, and tweets from our social network. We know more about friends’ daily lives than ever before. Is all this information a good thing?

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International-Self Care Day

Today is International Self-Care Day, which aims to raise public awareness of the importance of self-care to stay healthy and prevent or delay illness.

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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.