The Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health is an independent non-for-profit organization that works to improve child and youth mental health in Canada by involving families in:
There is a pressing need to improve our ability to promote mental health, prevent mental health challenges and effectively treat mental disorders in children and youth in Canada.
Many families are in crisis. They have to navigate the complex and disjointed array of local, provincial and national organizations, programs and services to get help for their children. Although input from families offers a critical resource in preventing and treating child and youth mental health disorders, families’ voices are rarely sought or engaged in a meaningful way.
IF mobilizes families and provides access to the voice of families for decision-makers: in research, health care, government, education, service provision and business across Canada.
What is “family”?
IF defines family as both biological and non-biological. It encompasses children, youth, parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians, foster parents, extended family caregivers and youth who may have no family ties, biological or otherwise.
Visual Workplan for BC-PFC October 2010 – May 2011
- Find out about programs and services that get the checkmark of approval from families.