Provincial Health Services Authority
For immediate release
October 1, 2016
Talking Youth Mental Health with the Royals
Victoria – This morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with BC Children's Hospital representatives as well as volunteers, a patient and families from throughout the province to discuss child and youth mental health - an area of importance for the Duchess and one in which she continues to do a great deal of charity work.
In the intimate meeting, Their Royal Highnesses heard very personal experiences about coping with mental health challenges and navigating the supports available throughout the province. The Duke and Duchess also participated in demonstrations of online resource tools including MindCheck
(an app for youth) and Stresslr
(an app for younger children).
The Royal Family has a long history of support to BC Children's Hospital. Lady Diana visited in the 1980s and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, took part in the ground breaking ceremony of the Child and Youth Mental Health building in the early 2000s. Thanks to efforts by members of the Royal Family, issues and causes receive important recognition. The meeting with the Duke and Duchess during the 2016 Royal Tour not only helps raise awareness about the impact of BC Children's Child & Youth Mental Health programs - it also reduces stigma experienced by many children, youth and their families.
As the province’s pediatric teaching hospital, BC Children’s is the hub of highly specialized care and treatment, providing essential health care and support for patients and their families as they work through often the most difficult times in their lives.
BC Children's was honoured to have an opportunity to highlight the profound impact its Child and Youth Mental Health programs and services have for young people and their families throughout the province.
- Nearly 13 per cent of children and youth aged 4 -17 years (approximately 84,000) in BC experience clinically significant mental disorders at any given time (that is three-to-four children in a classroom of 30)
- More than 16,000 visits to BC Children's Hospital were made by children and youth with existing and emerging mental health problems
- 1,063 children and youth sought treatment for psychiatric issues through the hospital
- 325 children and youth were admitted to inpatient units at the hospital
- Each year more than 500 children and families from outside Vancouver benefit from the expertise of the BC Children’s Hospital Mental Health team through Telehealth and video-conferencing, enabling children to receive treatment within their home communities
- More than 244,000 parents and families visited the BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre website to access resources and information this past year
BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority provides expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, youth and young adults, including newborns. Child and Youth Mental Health provides a diverse range of specialized and one-of-a-kind tertiary mental health and substance use services for children, adolescents and young adults across the province. For more information, visit www.bcchildrens.ca or follow us on Twitter
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. For more information, visit www.phsa.ca or follow us on Twitter @PHSAofBC.
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