Families & Caregivers

“We are you, and we care about you. FamilySmart® employs us as parents/caregivers who know what it is like to parent and/or provide care for young people with mental health and/or substance use challenges. As parents/caregivers, we are invested in helping to make your journey less hard and help others understand our needs as parents/caregivers, and work together with us.”

Parent & Youth in Residence

Parent in Residence’s are families of children, youth and/or young adults who have mental health and/or substance use challenges. The PiRs utilize each other and their collective experience and expertise to come-alongside families to provide peer support, mentoring, system navigation and access to information, resources, networks and education.

Connect with our Parents in Residence.

All families in BC can access a Parent in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre if there is not a PiR in your community.

“The PiR helped me feel seen and heard when everyone else had left me feeling alone”

– Parent

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FamilySmart® Practice Program

FamilySmart® Practice is about enhancing the experience and quality of services, information, and supports for children, youth, young adults and their families through a shared practice we call Together-Centred™. It brings together young people, families and service providers to learn with and from each other and develop intentional personal and professional practice that can enhance child and youth mental health.

If you are a family or caregiver and would like to participate in our FamilySmart® Practice Training or help develop FamilySmart® Practice Tools or be part of influencing practice in systems, connect with us at info@familysmart.ca

Check out our FamilySmart® Practice Tools developed with families/caregivers:

View our latest FamilySmart® Practice Tool – Language We Use

FamilySmart® Practice Tools – Language

FamilySmart® Practice Tools – FAMILIES web

Family Mental Health Framework

T2P Brochure 2015 – Your Mental Health And Pregnancy

T2P Ask and Offer – Brochure 2017

Order T2P resources here.


Health Literacy

FamilySmart® believes it matters that health literacy about people, needs to be created with those people. This is our practice in our 2 Health Literacy Programs.

Many families/caregivers participate in our May 7 Child & Youth Mental Health Day.

Started by our organization in 2007, this day is about creating caring connections between children and youth and those that care about/or care for them. Our campaign is called “I care about you” and it provides health literacy and materials to sites across Canada to raise awareness and literacy about child and youth mental health.Check out some resources for May 7th developed with young people:

FamilySmart® Unfolding Conversations 2017

Unfolding Conversations 2016

If you, or other families/caregivers you know would like to participate by doing something on May 7th, check out our materials here