Kelty Mental Health: Newcomer Mental Health Support Resource List
The list, developed in partnership with the BC Children’s Mental Health Program, is intended to be a starting point to learn about anxiety. It includes websites, online tools, guides, books and provincial support services. The Kelty Centre also offers a wide range of resources through their resource library.
Resources on the list with particular relevance to families with young children include:
Video: Families, Together: Supporting the Mental Well-being of Children and Youth (BC Children’s Hospital): Video and discussion guide featuring families from different cultural backgrounds and health professionals sharing their experiences support a child or youth with a mental health challenge.
Video: Part 1: Where Can Families Start? Supporting Children & Youth with Mental Health Challenges BC Children’s Hospital): This video describes British Columbia’s mental health system and four different professionals families can connect with if they are concerned about their child or youth’s mental health.
Video: Part 2: What can Families expect Along the Way? Supporting Children & Youth with Mental Health Challenges (BC Children’s Hospital): This video describes what families can expect when they meet with a health professional about their child’s mental health for the first time, and how to prepare themselves and their child for that first meeting.
Website: Anxiety Canada: Provides information on anxiety and OCD, including self-help toolkits, personal stories, and videos.
Website: BC Government Early Psychosis Intervention: The Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program website promotes early detection, educates about psychosis and provides direction for seeking help. This website has toolkits and information sheets in multiple languages.
Support Service: FamilySmart: FamilySmart (trademarked) Parents and Youth in Residence provide peer support, mentoring, system navigation assistance and access to information to families with children and youth with mental health and/or substance use challenges. As well, there are monthly educational visits.
Support Service: BC Children’s Hospital – Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: This service provides:
Information and resources on a wide range of mental health and substance use challenges affecting children and youth
Peer support provided by FamilySmart® Parents-in-Residence and Youth-in-Residence
Help navigating the mental health system
Resources and peer support for individuals of any age with an eating disorder or a disordered eating concern
Options for support and treatment in BC
Free education events and podcast series for parents, as well as school and health professionals • Tips for self-help and prevention
• PDF: Welcoming Syrian Newcomer Students & Families to School (School Mental Health-ASSIST): This Info-Sheet is designed to provide introductory information for educators in supporting the mental health and well-being of newcomer students.