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We provide psychiatric assessment, short-term individual, family and group treatment, and medication review.

​Our services

BC Children's Hospital provides a range of provincial specialized tertiary inpatient and outpatient services for children, youth and their families at our site in the Mental Health Building at the BC Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver, BC. We also provide telehealth services that can be arranged as needed.

All of our services are available by referral only with the exception of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency Unit.

  • Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency Unit
  • Child Psychiatry Unit
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
  • Provincial Mental Health Metabolic Program
  • Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program
  • Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program
  • Psychiatric Genetic Counselling Service
  • Provincial specialized child & youth mental health outpatient programs:
    • Child Psychiatry Teaching and Consultation Clinic
    • Infant Psychiatry Clinic
    • Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic
    • Neuropsychiatry Clinic
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinic
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic
    • Urgent Assessment Clinic
    • Telehealth Outreach Psychiatric Service
 
 

For additional information on referrals to our programs and services, please see the individual service pages

Mental health literacy

Mental health literacy is the knowledge, beliefs and abilities that support the prevention, recognition and management of mental-health and substance-use challenges. 

BC Children’s Hospital aims to increase the mental health literacy of children, youth and families in BC through a number of programs in a range of settings.  

Our initiatives include work in:  

  • disordered eating and eating disorders: to prevent disordered eating, to decrease weight bias and stigma and to promote healthy weights
  • cross-cultural mental health literacy: to increase mental health literacy in families from diverse cultures and languages
  • youth and young adult mental health literacy: to increase health literacy among youth through events and e-health literacy projects
  • mental health literacy in schools: to develop the mental health literacy of educators and support the mental health of children and youth at school 
  • the Provincial Child and Youth Healthy Living Initiative: to improve healthy lifestyle behaviours in children, youth and their families with mental-health and substance-use challenges. 
 

BC Children’s Hospital also manages a number of networks that share information and knowledge across the province. 


Our Mental Health Literacy team also works with the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre on many resources, initiatives and events. The resources we develop are available on the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre website. The Centre provides information and peer support for children, youth and their families across BC. It offers resources on mental health and substance use issues affecting children and youth for a range of audiences: parents & caregivers, healthcare professionals, school professionals and youth and young adults

 

Emergencies

Children and youth experiencing a mental health emergency are advised to attend the emergency room of their closest community hospital. Within Vancouver city, children under 17 years of age should attend the emergency room at Children's, and those aged 17 and above should attend the emergency room at Vancouver General Hospital.

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

For information, resources, peer support and system navigation related to child and youth mental health and substance use challenges and disorders, please visit the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre website.

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