BC Children’s Hospital is thrilled to be included in the upcoming Royal Tour. On October 1, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet with hospital representatives as well as patients and families to discuss child and youth mental health; an area of importance for the Duchess and where she continues to do a great deal of charity work.
The Royal family has been very supportive and encouraging of the work BC Children’s does to educate and train current and future health care providers and to develop and share evidence based practices to provide the best care and treatment to children, youth and their families in their home communities. During the visit BC Children’s representatives along with several mental health youth ambassadors, patients and families will share their experiences about mental health and the resources available through the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.
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 3-4 children in a classroom of 30). BC Children’s Mental Health Literacy program is a world leader in using technology to connect and engage children and youth as well as to build capacity among health care providers throughout the province. As the province’s pediatric teaching hospital, BC Children’s is the hub of highly specialized care and treatment—and often the last hope for families as they work through the most difficult times in their lives.
Our pediatric mental health services are based on trauma informed care, an approach that respects the possibility that individuals, family members and staff may have experienced trauma in their past. Key programs within the Mental Health Literacy Program at BC Children’s are housed within the hospital's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.