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Reprinted from the Supporting Parents issue of Visions Journal, 2021, 17 (1), p. 31


FamilySmart supports families, caregivers, and young people and recognizes that everyone has a role to play in helping children, youth, and young adults manage their mental health and in helping families live well. FamilySmart offers:

  • Parents and Youth in Residence, a program that connects parents and youth with people with lived experience who can provide systems navigation, peer support, information about accessing services, and education.

  • In the Know events are an opportunity to meet other families in your community and listen to a presentation from an expert.

  • FamilySmart Practice Program helps young people, families and service providers work together.

BC Schizophrenia Society

The BC Schizophrenia Society supports families and caregivers of people who experience a serious mental illness. The BC Schizophrenia Society offers:

  • Regional Educators located across the province who help families and loved ones find and access local resources.

  • Family Support Groups, monthly support and education events for adult loved ones, family members, and caregivers. Learn from an expert about a mental healthrelated topic and connect with other families in your area. Family Support Groups are located across the province.

  • Strengthening Families Together and Strengthening Family Together—First Nations, multi-week education and support courses that teach family members and friends how to care for themselves and for a loved one who experiences a mental illness.

Family Caregivers of BC

Family Caregivers of BC supports all British Columbians that care for a family member, friend, or neighbour with information, education, and resources. Family Caregivers of BC offers:

  • The BC Caregiver Support Line, a help line for caregivers who need to talk to someone who understands and can connect them to resources in their community.

  • Caregiving Support Groups, confidential weekly groups where caregivers can connect with others, learn, and share their experiences.

  • The Caregiver Learning Centre, a library of print resources, videos and webinars, the Caregivers Out Loud podcast, and free online courses to help caregivers take care of themselves, navigate health systems, set boundaries, navigate tricky situations, and more.

Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image: A guide for parents of young children

Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image: A guide for parents of young children from Jessie's Legacy offers tips to help parents look at their own assumptions about body image and model healthy body image to young people.

Substance Use and Young People: A guide for families and their caring communities

This workbook from the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research helps parents and other important adults understand substance use and talk openly about substance use with young people.

Moms Stop The Harm

Moms Stop The Harm advocates for harm reduction approaches and supports families of people who use substances. They offer education, Stronger Together BC support groups, and resources.

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