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The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health

We're Better Together

In June 2000, the F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health (the FORCE) became a registered non-profit organization. 15 years later, on this date of June 30, 2015, the FORCE is officially joining with the Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health (Institute of Families) under the official name of: The Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health DBA the F.O.R.C.E. in BC. 

The FORCE staff are known and respected for the tremendous work they do in assisting and empowering young people and families with lived experience in child and youth mental health, and the work they do with service providers.  The F.O.R.C.E. staff, work and name will remain intact in BC.

The FORCE and the Institute of Families have been aligned, and partnered on many initiatives over the years since the inception of the Institute of Families in 2010.  The two organization's common values and goals for children, youth and their families with lived experience are entrenched in our cultures and will only be enhanced by our coming together. 

The 2 organizations together are unified, committed and persistent in our efforts to ensure that child and youth mental health is a priority in our provinces, territories and nation, and that children, youth and their families will feel supported, accepted and empowered and have greater access to services that are respectful and effective.  

Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health
DBA the F.O.R.C.E. in BC

F.O.R.C.E. - Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality.

The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health is a provincial organization that provides families with an opportunity to speak with other families who understand and may be able to offer support or advice on what has worked for them. The F.O.R.C.E. also provides families and professionals with information, tools, and tips on how to support and assist children with mental health difficulties.

The FORCE mandate is to support and empower families and work collaboratively with professionals and systems in understanding and meeting the mental health needs of families.

 'in the know'

 In The Know

'in the know' Parent education and networking sessions are held in various communities throughout the province, approximately 6 - 8 times per year.

Click here for a list of the community sites that host 'in the know' webinars and networking sessions - for the month of September our various locations will be hosting a community site with an individual topic of their choice, dates/times vary from site to site.

To view previously recorded 'in the know' webinars click here>>

After you have watched a previously recorded webinar, please take 2 - 3 minutes to give us feedback on how we're doing! Click here.

Parent in Residence (PiR) and Youth in Residence (YiR)

The PiR and the YiR at The FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health have lived experience with family members with mental health challenges, and provide support, navigation, and resources to families across B.C. and at The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

The PiRs and YiRs provide personalized system navigation, peer support, mentorship, and access to information, resources, networks and training.  Click here to read more about the PiR and YiR program.

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B.C. FRIENDS Parent Program

If you are looking for more information about the BC FRIENDS Parent Program, and/or your child is taking the program at school, click here.  Your child does not have to be taking the FRIENDS program in school to use this valuable resource.

With these websites you will find information about the program, anxiety in children, the FRIENDS steps, and importantly how you can support your child with the FRIENDS skills at home.


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