Parents in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

Two FamilySmart™  Parents in Residence (PiRs) work out of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. The Parents in Residence have lived experience with family members with mental health challenges, and provide support, navigation, and resources to families across B.C.

The PiRs provide:

  • Personalized system navigation and way finding for a wide range of mental health services across the province
  • Peer support including coping strategies, self care, finding community resources and developing a support network
  • Mentorship through connecting to other parents and caregivers
  • Access to information, resources and networks

This support can be provided by phone, email and/or in person Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 5pm. Click here for contact information.

Meet the FamilySmart™ Parents in Residence:    

Mary McCracken is a FamilySmart™ Parent in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. 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.

Marilyn Lawson is a FamilySmart™ Parent in Residence at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre. Marilyn is a Retired Nurse for children and families experiencing childhood cancer. She is well aware that when a child is ill all family members are affected, and she brings this knowledge to her work. Marilyn has family members and friends with serious mental health struggles, and has also had her own experience of depression, PTSD and anxiety which she has overcome with support and meditation practice. Marilyn has a great understanding of and compassion for the stress and heartbreak parents feel when their children are ill and is strongly motivated to help people find the support they need outside and within themselves. 

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.