Call for submission on youth mental health

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is undertaking a special project examining youth mental health in BC. The committee is accepting written submissions from stakeholders and citizens that address the following questions:

  • What are the main challenges around youth mental health in BC?
  • Are there current gaps in service delivery?
  • What are best practices for treating and preventing youth mental health issues?
  • How should resources be targeted in the future?

The goal is to find ways to better meet the needs of youth with mental health challenges. They especially want to hear from families and individuals and to receive suggestions for improving the current system.

The Committee has also released a reading list containing learning resources and additional information on youth mental health.

Visit, for more information and to make a submission. The deadline for written submissions is Friday, July 25, 2014.

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HELP presentation slides on early years development now online

These presentation slide decks include slides used by Human Early Learning Partnership faculty and staff during community presentations. They offer a foundational understanding of the Early Years Development Instrument (EDI) and the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) as well as the importance of early child development, the Total Environmental Assessment Model of ECD and proportionate universality.

To find out more and to download visit the HELP Slide Library

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New multilingual child rights materials

The Society for Children and Youth of BC has developed new child and youth rights brochures and posters for different language communities throughout BC.

Each brochure contains information that better enable adult caregivers to become skilled advocates as well as to help inform children and youth of their rights.

The brochures are available in simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean and French. The posters are available in all of the above languages plus English.

Email for high-gloss prints or check out this publications page to print out a copy. Up to 10 posters and 25 brochures can be ordered for free in July.

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Understanding families better: Take the Let’s Talk Families BC Survey

Remember to take a few moments to fill out BC Council for Families’ Let’s Talk Families BC! Survey and forward it to your networks. The council, a First Call partner, is a non-profit organization that provides training and support to professionals working with all types of families in BC.

First Call will be particularly interested to see the responses to the survey question about proposed solutions to child and family poverty.

Take the survey now

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Call for abstracts for annual PHABC Fall Conference December 4 & 5 – deadline September 15

Shared Prosperity for Health and Well-Being: A Collaborative Dialogue between Business and Public Health

Thursday-Friday, December 4-5, 2014
Sheraton Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC
Call for abstracts is open until Monday, September 15, 2014

This year’s Public Health Association of BC annual conference focuses on how public health leaders and the private or business sector can partner to create the conditions for health and well-being for all.

Abstracts from both the business and the public health communities are welcome.

Find more on the PHABC conference call for abstracts

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Youth Action Grants – up to $500 for youth-led projects

Interested in developing your own youth-led project or event? The McCreary Centre has grants for community projects led by BC youth ages 12-19.

Find out how to apply

Download the application (PDF)

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Child and Youth News Highlights of the Week  “Tories tighten reins on food labelling”– Federal government proposes sugar content added to labels

Vancouver Sun:How much sugar is really in that? Ottawa proposes food label changes

Vancouver Sun: B.C. alone in using troubled software system to manage child welfare ‘I feel like we got sold a broken product,’ says B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth

Chek News: “Childcare Protest” – (53 sec.) at the BC legislature July 12, 2014

Cowichan Valley Citizen:Local hopes Victoria rally will inspire

Vancouver Courier:Non-profit helps HIV-positive youth

Province:Kids stay silent about cyberbullies because they fear parents will take away the technology, researchers say” – Protecting Canadian Families online survey found 90 percent of parents “thought their children would tell them if they were cyberbullied yet only eight per cent of youth do so.”

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