About Kids Health

Trusted health answers from The Hospital for Sick Children.

BC Children’s Hospital

Preventing and treating yours baby’s flat head.\

BC Poison Control

The BC Poison Control Centre receives over 26,000 telephone calls each year about someone being poisoned. These include accidental and purposeful poisonings, and overdoses.

The BC Poison Control Centre is available 24-hours every day for advice and information. For suspected poisonings, call 604-682-5050 or 1-800-567-8911.

Phone Number: 1-800-567-8911


Bounce Back®: For adults and youth

Feeling overwhelmed, tired or like you’re in a rut? Are you more worried than usual or find yourself feeling angry more easily? Bounce Back® may be able to help.

Bounce Back® teaches effective skills to help individuals (aged 15+) overcome symptoms of mild to moderate depression or anxiety, and improve their mental health. Participants can learn skills to help combat unhelpful thinking, manage worry and anxiety, and become more active and assertive.

Available for free across BC, Bounce Back® has been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety by half, and over 90% say they would recommend it to a friend or family member.

Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders

CORD is Canada’s national network for organizations representing all those with rare disorders.

Canadian Paediatric Society

The national association of paediatricians, committed to working together to advance the health of children and youth by nurturing excellence in health care, advocacy, education, research and support of its membership.


A research centre dedicated to generating knowledge & transforming lives of children and youth with developmental conditions and their families.

Caring for Kids

Information on a variety of subjects for parents from Canadian pediatricians.

Child and Youth Mental Health

The Ministry of Children and Family Development's Child and Youth Mental Health teams in Nanaimo provide a range of mental health assessment and treatment options for children and youth (0-19 years of age) and their families at no cost. Our clinics are staffed by mental health clinicians, psychologists, outreach support workers, and psychiatrists.

Our mental health services are voluntary and are designed to support children and youth who experience significant difficulties related to their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  Counselling services are provided individually to youth, children, parents, and also to families and in group therapy formats.  We offer services in office or on an outreach basis in the community.

Contact our office Monday to Friday from 9am-12pm or 1-4pm at 250-741-5701 to enquire about setting up an intake for you or your child.

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island:  

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island:  has invested in the health of Island kids for more than 90 years. Our vision is to ensure all Island families have access to the health care they need. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we are able to bring supports closer to home and help transform the lives of children and youth living with physical and mental health challenges.

We know kids may only be 21% of our Island’s population, but they are 100% of our future. Help us invest in this future and join us as champions for the health of every Island family.

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

345 Wale Road

Victoria, BC, V9B 6X2 Canada

T: 250 940 4950 


A Helping Hand On Your Journey. We provide vital guidance and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

From information on cerebral palsy symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles, covers all aspects of cerebral palsy. And all of the information is thoroughly researched and cited.

First Nations Health Authority

The First Nations Health Authority aims to reform the way health care is delivered to BC First Nations to close these gaps and improve health and wellbeing.

This new health authority has taken over the administration of federal health programs and services previously delivered by Health Canada's First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Pacific Region, and to work with the province and First Nations to address service gaps through new partnerships, closer collaboration, and health systems innovation.

HealthLink BC (24-hour Nurse Line)

Call 8-1-1 from anywhere in British Columbia to speak with a nurse any time of the day or night. On weekdays, you can speak to a dietitian about nutrition and healthy eating. At night, they have pharmacists available to answer your medication questions.

British Columbians have trusted health information at their fingertips by phone or web with HealthLink BC. 

Phone Number: 811


Human Early Learning Partnership

A collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at UBC. The HELP research explores how different early environments and experiences contribute to inequalities in children’s development.

Including All Children 

An inclusive project for children and families in BC. Includes find information, materials, and resources geared toward children who have been identified as vulnerable due to developmental delays, identified disabilities, or other challenges.

Inter Tribal Health Authority

The Inter Tribal Health Authority is a leader in providing quality health programs and services, inclusive of cultural and traditional values; collaborating with Member Nations by empowering and supporting First Nations people in community development, effective partnerships and advocacy ensuring equality in health standards, funding and innovation.

Inter Tribal Health Authority (Maternal Child Health Program)

The Maternal Child Health Program (MCH) works with families in First Nations communities who are pregnant or parenting children under the age of seven (7). Currently the MCH Program works in Homalco, Penelakut, Snaw-naw-as and Tseycum.

Island Health / Healthy Children 

The following links will take you to health information and resources for every stage of your child's health.

Island Health (VIHA) Dental Programs

Island Health Dental Health Programs provide information and support for families to prevent dental disease in young children.  The program supports the community to improve oral health, focusing on dental prevention and young families. Smiles First Clinics are offered at all health units and some community locations.  These clinics provide one-on-one consultation to provide assessments and education to parents to understand the risk of developing dental disease and learn ways to reduce the risk.  Visual assessments, fluoride varnish and dental referrals are provided as needed.   

Phone Number: 250-739-5845



Contains information on how to have a safer pregnancy for a healthier newborn, including information on drugs and alcohol during pregnancy.

Muscular Dystrophy Association 

A page dedicated to Neuromuscular diseases

Nanoose First Nation Head Start Program

The BC First Nations Head Start (BCFNHS) On-Reserve Program is a program funded by First Nations Health Authority to enhance early childhood development, school readiness and overall family health and wellness for First Nations preschool children (birth to six years old) on reserve.

All Head Start programs include six key components: culture and language, education, health promotion, nutrition, parent and family involvement, and social support.

Phone Number: 250-390-0003


National Organization for Rare Disorders 

NORD's Rare Disease Database provides brief introductions for patients and their families to more than 1,200 rare diseases.

Sleep Resources

Tips for good sleep in early childhood. Click to view PDF

Snuneymuxw Health Centre

The Health Department objective is to support adults, elders, children, and families who live on reserve by providing preventative services and advocacy. The primary work of the Health Centre focuses on Children and Youth, Mental Health and Addictions, Primary Health Care, Chronic Illness Prevention, Communicable Disease Control, and Environmental Health and Management.

Phone Number: 250-740-2337


Stz’uminus Health Centre

The Stz’uminus Health Centre provides programs and services to maintain and improve the overall health and well-being of the Stz’uminus band and community members.  This includes physical health as well as mental and social health.  Their services are designed to cover prenatal clients to Elders, with  programs consisting of community health, mental health and home care. The doors are generally open between 9am and 4 pm Monday to Friday.  Feel free to come in any time to enquire about our programs and services.

Phone Number: 250-245-8551


Tilicum Haus Aboriginal Friendship Centre

Offers educational and training programs, health and counselling services and social services programs as well as a wide variety of support groups and special events and activities for children, youth, women, men, families and the community. 

Health Programs: 

- Community Health Program (nurses, medical insurance not required) 

- STD and HIV/AIDS Testing and Support 

- Diabetic Support 

- Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Worker 

Phone Number: 250-753-6578


Vancouver Island Health Authority

Island Health provides health care to more than 765,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands of the Georgia Strait, and in the mainland communities north of Powell River and south of Rivers Inlet. Locations include:

- Ladysmith Community Health Centre

- Nanaimo Health Centre

- Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line

- Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

- Princess Royal Family Centre

- Public Health Nursing Appointments


Phone Numbers:

Ladysmith Community Health Centre:                  250-739-5777

Nanaimo Health Centre:                                          250-755-3342

Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line:            250-755-3388

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital:                     250-754-2141

Princess Royal Family Centre:                                 250-739-5854

Public Health Nursing Appointments:                   250-755-3342

Quick Summary

 BC Poison Control  1-800-567-8911
 Child and Youth Mental Health 250-741-5701
 First Nations Health Authority   http:///www.fnha.ea/what-we-do-/
 Healthlink BC (24 Hour Nurse Line)  811
 Inter Tribal Health Authority - Maternal Child  Health -

 Nanoose First Nation Head Start Program  250-390-0003
 Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre  250-740-2337
 Stz'uminus First Nation Health Centre  250-245-8551
 Tillicum Lelum Health Centre  250-753-6578
 Vancouver Island Health Authority
      -Ladysmith Community Health Centre  250-739-5777
      -Nanaimo Health Centre  250-755-3342
      -Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line  250-755-3388
      -Nanaimo Regional General Hospital  250-754-2141
      -Princess Royal Family Centre  250-739-5854
      -Public Health Nursing Appointments  250-755-3342

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