Kelty Centre PiRs and YiRs: Who We Are and What We Provide

Jasmine, FamilySmart® Youth in Residence on December 13, 2017

The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is known as BC’s mental health and substance use information and resource centre for children, youth, and families (up to the age of 24 and eating disorders of all ages) at BC. Children’s Hospital. What people may not know is that the Kelty Centre also offers peer support and system navigation support through a partnership with FamilySmart® Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health (formerly known as the F.O.R.C.E. Society For Kids’ Mental Health).

FamilySmart® staffs the Kelty Centre with both youth and parents who have lived/living experiences with mental health challenges. These staff are known as the Kelty Youth in Residence (YiR) and Parent in Residence (PiR) and are in a place in their journeys where they are able to support youth and families who are on their own path to wellness through compassion, hope and understanding. They also have experience navigating the mental health system to access services/treatment. Read more about who they are here and what expertise they bring to their role.

While we do not have clinical training and expertise, we certainly do understand the complexity of accessing and receiving the support you/your family may need and all the emotions that arise when in the midst of a crisis situation.

You don’t need a referral to access us and we are available by phone, email, and in-person (drop ins are welcome!) between 9:30am-5:00pm Monday to Friday. 

Another great thing about FamilySmart® PiRs and YiRs are that they are not only available at the Kelty Centre, but are available in several communities in B.C. Click here to see if there is a PiR/YiR in your community and how to get in touch with them.

We hope this helps clarify who we are and our work that we as PiRs and YiRs do at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. If you have any questions or want to connect, please send us an email at, drop in, or give us a call at 604-875-2084, toll free:1-800-665-1822.


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BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.