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BC Childrens Hospitals
Health Literacy Team:
Tools and Strategies to Support
Children, Youth, Women and Families
Meagan Colenutt, Project Manager
Meredith de Freitas, Project Manager
Disclosure: Neither presenter has any actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this presentation.
What is Mental Health Literacy?
It is the knowledge & beliefs which assist in the:
Prevention Recognition Management
of mental health or substance use challenges .
Aims to enhance the mental health and substance use literacy of children, youth, women and families in BC by: Researching, consolidating, developing and translating information
and resources in a range of formats
Disseminating information and resources using a variety of communication channels
Supporting, educating and sharing information and resources with those who work with children and youth in BC
Developing and participating in networks and communities of practice, and collaborating with key partners and stakeholders
Providing peer support and assisting with navigation of the mental health care system
The Health Literacy Team
Integrated Provincial Strategy to Promote Health Literacy in Mental Health and Addiction in BC (2007)
A capacity building initiative to support the implementation of a best practice framework to improve public understanding and reduce the stigma related to
mental health and substance use problems
Cross-cultural / equity lens
Monitoring & evaluation
Key Dimensions of Quality
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
Resources for Youth & Young Adults
School-Based Mental Health Initiatives
Healthy Living Initiatives
Cross-Cultural Mental Health Initiatives
Eating Disorders & Healthy Weights Initiatives
Other: Networks & Partnerships
Learning Links: Enhanced Learning Series in CYMH
Reproductive Mental Health
Mental Health Literacy Initiatives
Examples of Initiatives - Websites
Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit
Examples of Initiatives - Events
Examples of Initiatives - Tools
What has the Impact been?
I liked that I heard many stories from youth and it helped me understand that I am not alone.
Participant from BOM 2015
I just want you to know what youre doing is truly inspiring and so appreciated. Its really nice knowing there are people out there that have gone through what were going through and are willing to help us. It gives me hope that its possible to get better. So thank you.
Feedback to a Youth Peer Support Worker
2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
Website Visits Visits Visits
Keltymentalheath.ca 87,788 136,860 165,386
Keltyeatingdisorders.ca 10,735 27,984 71,797
mindcheck.ca 77,879 80,157 103,621
Visits to the Health Literacy Team Websites, 2012-2013 to 2014-2015
In 2014-2015, there was a total of 2,838 contacts (email, in person, phone) made throughout BC to the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, up from 2,269 in 2013-14.
Improve provincial reach
Connect with new audience groups
Sustain and expand current initiative areas
Priority Areas Moving Forward
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