BC Government Invests $140 Million for Mental Health Initiatives
February 20, 2017
Targeted investments for child and youth #Mentalhealth acknowledge the importance of investing more, and sooner, in young people and their families. Now that’s #FamilySmart
“Today’s announcement is an important milestone for children, youth and their families in British Columbia,” says FamilySmart President & CEO Keli Anderson. “FamilySmart is delighted to see significant investment in mental health which will enable children, youth and families to receive the help and support they so desperately need. We appreciate how big this investment is by the Ministry of Children & Family Development.”
Anderson continued; “We also want to acknowledge our other partners in BC who are diligently working to support the mental health of children and youth; the Canadian Mental Health Association in BC, Foundry, and other agencies and partners who believe that our greatest chance of mental wellness for our citizens, is best achieved if we intervene when they are children and youth. There is no better chance of positive mental health outcomes than investing early, and investing in families so they can support the mental health of their kids.”
FamilySmart™ means working well together as youth, young adults, families and service providers to achieve better mental health outcomes. Our programs include:
- Parents in Residence (PiR) & Youth in Residence (YiR) provide support, mentoring, education, system navigation and access to information, networks and resources to families of youth and young adults with lived experienced of mental health and substance use challenges; to youth with lived experiences themselves; and to service providers.
- ‘in the know’ a monthly webinar that explores topics related to child and youth mental health and/or substance use challenges. Facilitated discussions available at community group viewing sites or watch online at anytime.
- BC Friends for Life Parent Program educates parents and families about the FRIENDS program that is being delivered in many British Columbian classrooms, and helps to equip parents with family-friendly tools and information to practice the FRIENDS program skills together at home.
- FamilySmart™ Practice Readiness Training and Practice Tools are being piloted to support people’s efforts to work well together to enhance the mental health of children, youth and young adults.
- Child & Youth Mental Health Day, May 7, is about having caring conversations and making connections between children, youth and caring adults in their lives.
To learn more about FamilySmart™, please visit www.familysmart.ca