Institute of Families (FamilySmart™)

Institute of Families is a provincial, non-profit organization that provides families and professionals with information, tools and tips on how to support and assist children with mental health challenges.  

FamilySmart™ is about achieving better mental health outcomes for children and youth – today and for generations to come – by experiencing our shared humanity.

Mission Statement


Programs Offered 

  • Parent-in-Residence and Youth-in-Residence Program (support to parents and you - no cost)
  • "In the Know" group support/education sessions (no cost)
  • FamilySmart™ 
  • May 7th, National Child & Youth Mental Health Day

A PDF copy of  "Orientation Guide to Child, Youth and Family Mental Health and Substance Use Services" for Campbell River & Comox Valley areas may be downloaded from resource listed below or by clicking HERE.  This resource assists parents in navigating the child/youth mental health system and education systems in B.C., and provides a list of local services and provincial services.  This Guide was written by families, for families.  

Other resources from Institute of Families can be found here:


Program name (alternate):  previously known as FORCE Society for Kids' Mental Health

Address / Contact Info

Institute of Families (FamilySmart™)
Campbell River , BC
Parent in Residence - Campbell River & Comox Valley : Wendy Safruik
Mailing address:
Mailing Address: PO Box 91697 West Vancouver, BC V7V 3P3
Campbell River and Comox Valley

Phone Numbers

Phone : (855) 887-8004 toll free

Service Details

Program fee notes: no fees to Families.
How to apply: Call toll free: 1-855-887-8004
Age ranges served: child 0-12, youth 13-19, adult 20+

Web Links

Forms and Resources

Location Map

This program was last updated on 17 Nov 2017.