- Get the facts about the risks of mixing prescribed medication with booze and street drugs
YouthinBC - crisis-line, online support, and educational resources
YouthCo - A Vancouver-based youth-driven organization. Includes information about HIV, HepC and sexual health. Also provides support and education programs.
YouthVitalSigns A youth-driven research project that gave Vancouver a 'report card' in youth subjects.
NIDA for Teens - The National Institute on Drug Abuse's teen website has scientific information, games and a blog all about street and prescription drugs.
First Call - Is a great website for youth and their families, especially the resources for transitions from childhood to youth, and youth to adulthood.
BC Council for Families - Programs and resources for families
Websites for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions
The Gutsy Generation website has teen-relevant information and ways to get involved with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.
Check out this website for youth, families and health care providers to learn more about tools, tips and activities to help youth get ready to transition to adult care.
On Trac BC
BC Children's Hospital and Kwantlen Polytechnic University created these books in partnership to provide information and practical solultions for those affected by youth to youth violence. The effects of youth violence are many and can last long after an episode of violence. Although statistics show that youth who are violent or are victims are a small number compared to the total number of youth who live in BC, violence is a reality in many youth's lives.
The Youth-to-Youth Violence project was partially funded by Acting Together: Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Youth to Youth Violence: A Guide for Parents
Youth to Youth Violence: A Guide for Youth
Youth to Youth Violence: A Guide for Adults Working with Youth
The Kelty Resource Centre
The Family Resource Library
Other BCCH Libraries and specialty libraries
The Youth Health Program is active in developing resources for youth, families and health professionals. We are provide education and tools to the staff of British Columbia Children's Hospital (BCCH) to support them in providing best care for the youth and families see at BCCH. There is also a variety of material available to teens and parents through our Family Resource Library.
Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents (MARS-A)
Mindfulness means "paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjdugmentally." Mindfulness-based clinical interventions teach mindfulness meditation skills, and have been shown to help people cope with chronic stress, pain, and mood symptoms. MARS-A is an 8-week outpatient training program to teach adolescents (age 15 - 19 years) mindfulness skills to cope with psychological distress, including depressive and anxiety symptoms, chronic pain, and chronic stress. MARS-A is a partnership between Adolescent Medicine and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at BC Children's Hospital.
For information and referrals to MARS-A, MARS-A Mindfulness Flyer for Providers and Patients_Spring 2015.pdf
For more general information on mindfulness with children and youth, including a short video "Mindfulness: Youth Voices" - see the Kelty Mental Health Resource Center mindfulness page
Contact the Youth Health Program Secretary or fax a referral form.