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									                                      Engaging NGO’s
                         Keli Anderson, Executive Director
                 The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids‟ Mental Health


                     November 3, 2009
          BC Child & Youth Health Research Network
                        (CYHRNet)
                  Harrison Hot Springs, BC

The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
                                                What we thought in          What we’ve come to
                                                2000                        know in 2009
Who we are                                      We are parents whose        We are families where
                                                children‟s lives are        „everyone’ is affected by
                                                touched by mental           the mental health
                                                health issues               challenges of any member



Why we formed                                   To ensure mental health     Mental Health care and
                                                care and services are       services need to be
                                                provided to children and    provided to children,
                                                youth and to assist their   youth AND their families
                                                families in finding         and information, support,
                                                information and support     policies, research and
                                                                            programs should be
                                                                            developed ‘with’ families




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
                       ‘Some’ of The FORCE




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
                            What we’ve found
                                                   There are more families needing help than we thought;


                                                 How a lot of professionals and systems ‘talk about us,
                                                without us’;


                                                 How hard it is to parent a child with a mental health
                                                issue;


                                                 How most people really don’t ‘get it’. It isn’t just bad
                                                behavior or bad parenting;


                                                   That parents aren’t seen as ‘experts’ on their children;




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
      What is engagement anyhow




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
  „A marriage of two types of expertise is the
  essential ingredient of best mental health
  care: expertise by experience and expertise
  by profession‟



  Faulkner & Thomas (2002, p. 3)


The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
Earlier panel discussion:
“Engaging Families and Communities in Disseminating
         Mental Health Programs for Children & Youth”

                             About them, without them


The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
       NGO’s
       Who are you engaging with isn’t the organization…
      it’s who they represent as an organization




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
                                                Partnerships
  1) Sharing knowledge exchange
        a) FRIENDS for Life

        b) Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent
            Psychiatrists


The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
2) Quality Service
               a) Critical Incident Reviews

               b) Continuous Quality Improvement




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
                                The Future of Engaging
 - Provincial Family Councils
 - Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
                                                Commit to:

      ‘Nothing ABOUT families, WITHOUT families’




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
                        May ‘Families’ be with you




The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health
                  Contacting the F.O.R.C.E
• Website: www.forcesociety.com

•    Phone:                604-878-3400

•    Email:                theforce@bckidsmentalhealth.org



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

								
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