Youth in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

Meet the FamilySmart™ Youth in Residence (YiR) that works out of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre!  The Youth in Residence has lived experience with mental health challenges, and provide support, navigation, and resources to other youth from across B.C.

The YiR provides:

  • Personalized system navigation and way finding for a wide range of mental health services across the province
  • Peer support including coping strategies, self care, finding community resources and developing a support network
  • Mentorship through connecting to other youth
  • Access to information, resources and networks

This support can be provided by phone, email and/or in person Monday – Friday from 9:30am – 5pm. Click here for contact information. 

Meet the FamilySmart™ Youth in Residence:  



Jasmine started working as one of the FamilySmart™ Youth in Residence (YiR) at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre in August 2017. She is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. What inspired her to work in the mental health field is her own lived and living experience with PTSD and Depression. Her journey within the system began when she was 8 years old as a result of having experienced trauma from a young age and intergenerational trauma within her family. From her experiences, she is now able to help others by providing peer support, sharing what resources helped her during her lowest points, and being living proof that you can and will get through whatever you may be dealing with.


Veronica started working as one of the new FamilySmart™ Youth in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre in July 2017.  In previous years, some of the things she has done include teaching English in South Korea at a rural elementary school; living and working in South Africa to pursue her interests in social entrepreneurship and mentorship within the non-profit sector; and participating in various global youth summits in which she had the opportunity to provide recommendations for the economic advancement of girls and women to the G20 leaders. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was eighteen years old, her lived experience with mental illness has been the greatest driver of her determination to carve her own path in life and to thrive despite the challenges. She has learned that she is stronger and more resilient than her mental illness. She feels incredibly humbled and privileged to have the opportunity to help youth and families who are struggling with mental health challenges reach that conclusion themselves in the work she does as a FamilySmart™ Youth in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.


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.