Youth in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

Meet the Youth in Residence (YiR) from The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health 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. To learn more about the value of peer support, click here!

Meet The F.O.R.C.E. Youth in Residence:    

Andrea Vukobrat has been a F.O.R.C.E. Youth in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre since June 2014. She has lived experience with anxiety, depression and P.T.S.D and is passionate about reducing the stigma of mental illness and encouraging an open dialogue about mental health problems and challenges. She is excited to work with youth and families and provide them with resources and support. Andrea loves spending time with friends and family, reading, biking and playing volleyball and tennis. Learn more about Andrea by reading her blog post.


An Eating Disorders Peer Support Worker, Amy Pezzente, also works at the Kelty Centre and provides support to anyone of any age struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating. Learn more about Amy by reading her blog post

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.