Healthy Living and Mental Health
Physical and mental health are closely connected, and can influence one another. For example, changes in our mental health can lead to changes in our body reactions, such as difficulty breathing, muscle tension or upset stomach. Making small changes in our daily lives so that we’re living in a healthier way can have positive effects not just on our physical health but on our mental health as well.
The BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has developed a number of resources to help families promote both their physical and mental health, including apps, interactive tools and activities. A key resource to check out are the Healthy Living Toolkits. These toolkits provide information, resources and tools to help children and youth with mental health challenges develop healthy living habits. Two toolkits were created - one for families, and one for health professionals.
Check out the topics below to learn more about mindfulness, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and stress. These sections not only include helpful information and tips about mental health and healthy living, but also links to resources and tools.
Many of the resources and tools in this section were developed as a part of the Provincial Child and Youth Healthy Living Initiative.
We are in process of redeveloping our Healthy Living Toolkits and want to hear your feedback! Participate in an interview this July-August, see our blog for details.