Navigating the Mental Health Care System in BC – CHILD/YOUTH

 1.  Emergency

If a child, a youth or someone in your care is having a mental health or substance use crisis, for example:

  • threatens or attempts to harm oneself or others
  • had an alcohol or substance overdose which could be life-threatening

Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately OR visit the local hospital Emergency Services.

2.  Non-Emergency

When there is a change in behaviour, mood, school performance, personal hygiene or social relationships which:

  • is unusual or disruptive
  • is not age-appropriate
  • is much more dramatic than others that age
  • continues for longer than usual
  • or your child no longer seems to enjoy or participate in things they once did

Their behaviours could indicate a problem that needs to be looked into.

Some examples:

  • sleep problems
  • loses appetite or refuses to eat
  • feels unhappy for a long period of time
  • mood swings
  • anxious or refuses to go to school
  • the school has noticed the child has increased difficulties that need attention
  • the changes do not go away and interfere with the child’s progress and development

If you are noticing any of these signs, here are some options to consider:

 

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