FamilySmart® receives $18,000 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to expand Parent in Residence / Youth in Residence Program
FamilySmart® – The Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health is pleased to announce it has received an $18,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support its FamilySmart® Parent in Residence/Youth in Residence (PiR/YiR) program.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Bell Let’s Talk to support child and youth mental health in Canada,” said Keli Anderson, President and CEO of FamilySmart ®. “The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will enable us to expand our program and connect with more young people, their families or other caring adults. We currently have FamilySmart ® PiR/YiRs working in 31 communities throughout BC, providing a network of young people and families with lived experience who provide peer support, mentorship, navigation, information and resources to help improve mental health outcomes for children and youth.”
FamilySmart ® programs and services are about working well together and starting earlier, getting mental health support and services for a child before the family is in crisis. This can help enormously when a child is struggling and on waiting lists for services. Young people or families who are struggling to navigate the many complex mental health support systems to seek help can connect with a PiR/YiR who assists with making the journey less overwhelming.
All of our staff have lived experience of mental health challenges, either as a young person or as a family member supporting a child or youth with mental health challenges. FamilySmart ® Parents and Youth in Residence have been there, and are there for others who are living it,
working in it, or both.
“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud to support the FamilySmart ® Parent in Residence/Youth in Residence programs,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “The 2017 Bell Let’sTalk Community Fund provided 70 grants to support programs providing mental health services in communities around the country. With our recent announcement of doubling the fund, we look forward to supporting the work of many more groups like FamilySmart ® in 2018.”
About Bell Let’s Talk
The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day, and provides significant Bell funding for community care and access, research and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit