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