A Minute with Mary: A Resource Recommendation from a Kelty Parent in Residence

Char King, Health Literacy Project Manager on February 23, 2018

Mary McCracken is a FamilySmart™ Parent in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. I sat down with her to chat about what resources she recommends the most to families. Here is what she said!


Char: What resource are you recommending most these days?

Mary: We get a high percentage of calls on ADHD. The one that stand out is a resource created by the ADHD clinic at BC Children’s Hospital, a booklet called: ADHD: Information for Families. It goes over in a clear, organized fashion as to what an assessment looks like and a whole piece on medication, parenting and more.

Char: Who might this resource be helpful for?

Mary: Families. It’s interesting…I’ve had calls for kids as young as 3-4 years old, kids that are inattentive and even high school kids…spans a broad age range.

Char: What do you like best about this resource?

Mary: It’s very simple…it’s all under one easy booklet and I also really love sending the link to the recorded parents workshop (2013).  Parents are craving this information! We get a lot of calls on this! I feel like if things can be simple and in one spot it makes everything so much easier.

Char: What feedback have you received from families about this resource?

Mary: Families are really thankful for it. There is so much information out there. To have it in a simplified form makes it easier for families.

Char: What other resources are you a fan of?

Mary: Meal support videos. There are so many calls from families asking about what they should be doing. These videos are multi-lingual. Models well…so families see how to support their child. Although they have made a thousand meals with them, they are often caught within this safe foods/not safe foods arena. It increases confidence in their ability to support their child. There is a nice booklet as a partner to these videos! This caters to visual learners as well!!!


Mary is a FamilySmart™ Parent in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital She provides peer support from a parent’s perspective, assists with navigation, and connects families with resources. Her family has experienced mental health challenges firsthand and has been involved with various services and programs. As a mother of three, she shares her knowledge in what has helped her own family. She offers empathy and encouragement with families facing similar challenges.


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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.

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