The BC Children’s Hospital Health Literacy team is led by Andrew Tugwell, Director, Health Promotion & Prevention, and made up of a number of project managers and project coordinators – see photo. We work alongside the staff of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre to support the mental health and well-being of children, youth, and families in BC. Our work includes:
- Developing mental health and well-being resources in a range of formats
- Disseminating mental health and well-being information and resources using a variety of communication channels.
- Supporting, educating and sharing mental health and well-being information and resources with those who work with children and youth.
- Developing and participating in networks and communities of practice, and collaborating with key partners.
All of the resources we develop are available through keltymentalhealth.ca. In addition, we also frequently work alongside the BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health program teams, helping to develop tools and resources.
Some examples of the tools and resources we have created include:
- BalancedView – a weight bias & stigma resource for healthcare professionals
- CulturallyConnected – a resource to help healthcare professionals support health literacy & cultural humility (in collaboration with Population Health Promotion at BC Women’s)
- Eating Disorder Meal Support Videos
- Mental Health System Navigation Videos
- StopWondering, Start Knowing – a school video resource
- MindShift app (in collaboration with AnxietyBC)
Other activities the Health Literacy Team spearheads that you might have heard of include:
- The Balancing Our Minds (BOM) Youth Summit / Student Engagement Project
- The Provincial School Mental Health Literacy Workshops
- The Eating Disorders Centres for Excellence
- The Summer Institute for School Professionals
These resources and activities are just a sample of our team’s work. If you are interested in learning more, check out our 2016/2017 online annual report – it provides a great overview of our accomplishments from last year, as well as the impact our work has had across the province.
The Health Literacy Team is passionate about promoting mental health and well-being among children, youth, and families in BC. We would like to thank all of our partners and supporters for making this work possible!
Back Row (L to R): Andrew Tugwell, Michelle Horn, Kaleigh McLeod, Amy Obetkoff, Julia Hayos, Meredith de Freitas, Bryn Askwith
Front Row (L to R): Amy Pezzente, Char Black, Kiera Bailey, Marilyn Lawson, Veronica Cho, Michelle Cianfrone
Missing: Meagan Colenutt, Shannon Vogels, Mary McCracken, Jasmine Rakhra