Putting youth and families at the centre, the Division set about developing resources to ensure children, youth and families had TIMELY access to EFFECTIVE care. Some of the legacies from the LAT and the provincial CYMHSU Collaborative include:
We want to send thank Fraser Health and the Chilliwack Hospital Foundation for following through with the LAT vision to create the ER Calm Area in the Chilliwack General Hospital waiting room to make it easier for children, youth and families to receive care. Our hands go up to the health professionals, allies, youth and parents who contributed to improving the pathway to care for those journeying towards mental wellness.
Katrina Bepple (Chilliwack Division)
Dr. Melanie Madill (Physician Lead)
Dan Bibble (CYMH)
Nathan Ngieng & David Manuel (SD#33)
Vince Giesbrecht (Youth Rep)
NP Lisa Helgeson (Agassiz Health)
Ruth Relland (CYMH)
Kevin Bird (SD #78)
And the other VOYCE youth
Screening is a critical step in Trauma Informed Care. Everyone experiences some mental health issues in their lifetime. Youth are known to not to seek help, and are more likely to talk to peers and parents. Youth are more likely to access public services like the sexual health clinic. Youth service providers can use these screening tools recommended in the CYMH module provided by the Practice Support Program (FHA) to help youth and families identify mental health issues and resources for prevention and intervention.
Some of the screening tools used by health care allies include:
Doctors may use the following assessment tools for diagnosis:
Some people can mask mental health issues but suffer over a lifetime leading to chronic health conditions. It’s important to not make assumptions and apply mental health screeners broadly. Using screening tools for everyone reduces stigma, educates about mental health and ensures people get timely access to care.
Some excellent resources to upgrade your youth mental health knowledge.
Learning Links BC is an online learning resource created by experts from around to province for health professionals to enhance knowledge, skills and confidence in child and youth mental health to support the needs of health care professionals and improving access for children, youth and families to medical specialists with expertise in child and youth mental health in BC. Learn more about:
A free, in-depth course for anyone who wants to learn more about the science of brain development.
Kelty Mental Health is the go-to website for youth, parents and professionals to find more information and resources. The site also has family & professional resources, video curriculum, and classroom tools for all ages.
Created by Dalhousie’s Dr. Stan Kucher, these downloadable teachable modules offer strategies to support positive mental health, understand the teenage brain and its development, manage stress and anxiety, recognize signs and symptoms, and provide advice on how to seek help.
Shared experiences and personal stories are the best way for us to learn and develop compassion. The Family Peer Support Group is facilitated by a parent with lived experience for parents who seek understanding in dealing with their child or youth’s behavioural issues. This group meets regularly over coffee for discussion, education, navigation and social support.
The Youth Mental Health Handbook was created to assist children, youth and families to organize their care, and keep track of interventions and medications over time.
If you are already a patient of the Chilliwack Primary Care Clinic and need to make an appointment,
c/o Chilliwack General Hospital
45600 Menholm Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 1P7