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Popular mental health resource now available in FrenchBy Patrick Blennerhassett. Nov 13, 2012
Vancouver – Francophone families in BC who have a child with mental health challenges now have free access to the French translation of the popular toolkit Healthy Living…It’s in Everyone, which provides healthy living information specifically for children and youth with mental health challenges.
Many children and youth with mental health challenges face unique obstacles to healthy living due to the symptoms of their illness or the effects of their medication. The Healthy Living…It’s in Everyone toolkit addresses these obstacles with information, resources, and tools to promote healthy living for these children, youth and their families.
The French translation of the toolkit was made possible through a partnership between the BC Mental Health & Addiction Services (BCMHAS) and BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH), agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), and the Francophone Affairs Program via the Canada-BC Cooperation Agreement on Official Languages, and Réso-Santé ColombieBritannique, an organization that supports the development, integration, and sustainability of French-language health services throughout BC. The Provincial Language Service (PLS), PHSA translated the toolkit, and PLS Francophone Services helped bring all the partnerstogether.
The French toolkit is available to BC families, as well as organizations serving BC’s francophone families, in both print and online. The print toolkit can be ordered free of charge from the bookstore or borrowed from the library in the Family Support & Resource Centre supporting BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital. The toolkit can also be downloaded as a PDF from the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre website.
Dr. Connie Coniglio
Provincial Executive Director,
Children and Women's Mental Health and Substance Use Programs
BC Mental Health & Addiction Services
“Parents and caregivers want resources that are relevant and useful. The Healthy Living…It’s in Everyone toolkit has practical information to support healthy living for children and youth with mental health challenges. Through this unique partnership, this popular resource is now available in French for francophone families in BC."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Province of B.C.
“French is an integral part of our history and cultural heritage. The Health Living...It’s in Everyone toolkit is a very helpful resource for many British Columbians and we are delighted to offer the same toolkit to French speakers in BC.”
Mme Doris Brisebois
President, RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique
“ResoSante is pleased that a practical guide that helps families build resilience is available in French. We are proud to have participated in this project with our provincial partners.”
- The toolkit was originally developed in English by BCMHAS and BCCH, in collaboration with The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health. PHSA won a Dietitians of Canadaaward in June 2012 for the toolkit, as well as a BCMA Health Promotion Award. It is available as a PDF from the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, or in print from the C&W Bookstore or the Family Support & Resource Centre Library.
- For more information about French-language health services, visit BC’s Francophone Affairs Program, The Provincial Language Service Francophone Services, Réso-Santé Colombie-Britannique , or Health Canada.
- Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat: http://www.gov.bc.ca/igrs/prgs PHSA is committed to helping British Columbians be healthy by providing health promotion information and tools to assist them in making healthier choices.
Contacts: Patrick Blennerhassett
Provincial Health Services Authority
Media pager: 604-871-5699
Government Communications and
Louis Giguère, Director
(604) 629-1000 ext. 328