Sign up for an info session on Child and Youth Mental Well-Being guide

Sign up for an info session on Child and Youth Mental Well-Being guide

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) partnered with BC Healthy Communities to create a series of guides (https://bchealthycommunities.ca/index.php/child-and-youth-mental-well-being-resources/)  to help local governments understand how to promote the mental well-being of children and youth through existing roles and assets. The guides include research, examples and information sources to inform and inspire action on key protective factors that young people need…

Social connection and belonging – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Social connection and belonging – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Relationships are one of the strongest predictors of children’s well-being throughout life. Studies have also found that a strong sense of belonging is associated with high self-rated mental health, even when controlling for geography and socio-economic status. Local governments can strengthen social connectedness and belonging for young people through initiatives that enable neighbourhood social cohesion,…

Safety – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Safety – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Safety includes both actual and perceived physical, psychological, and social safety experienced at home, school, and in community. Local governments can work towards creating public areas that are safe for children and youth while also implementing policies that respond to larger societal threats like racism, discrimination, poverty, inequality, and climate change.   This is the link…

Play – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Play – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Play is essential for child development. It promotes mental well-being through brain development, stress relief, physical activity, and time outdoors. Local governments can create and maintain spaces and provide opportunities for all kinds of play – and not just in typical designated play places and programs.   This is the link for Protective Factor: Play. You…

Participation – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Participation – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

When children are given opportunities to participate, they feel a sense of belonging and agency; and, that they are part of something bigger than themselves. They also gain skills that allow for more meaningful contributions to society. Local governments can create welcoming and inclusive environments that include children and youth in planning, decision-making, and governance,…

Introduction – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Introduction – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

The introduction section in the guide gives a brief overview of how local governments influence the mental well-being of children and youth within their scope and existing mechanisms, how local governments benefit from this, the critical role of quality adults in young people’s lives and the importance of reducing disparities.   Given that all local…

Vancouver Coastal Health’s Collaboration Agreements

Vancouver Coastal Health’s Collaboration Agreements

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) serves 25% of British Columbia’s population, or over 1 million people, across Greater Vancouver and the Coast Garibaldi area. Its coverage area spans urban settings like Vancouver and Richmond, as well as rural communities on the central coast like Bella Bella, and includes 14 Indigenous communities. Through its Collaboration Agreements, VCH…

Two Grant Opportunities Available for Local Governments

Two Grant Opportunities Available for Local Governments

These granting opportunities have recently closed, but a new funding stream will be opening in September! Stay up to date with our latest grant offerings by subscribing to our eNews or following us on Facebook or Twitter. Looking for more funding opportunities?Check out our list of other funding sources! Could your community use more resources…

Capital Regional District Community Map

Capital Regional District Community Map

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Community Map is designed to support health and wellbeing in the capital region by allowing users to visualize where diverse populations are living and what their proximity is to community resources and affordable transportation options.  Users can select the data that most interests them and then add transportation and community places on…