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MARS–PC (Mindful Awareness & Resilience Skills for Parents and Caregivers)

About this program

Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Parents and Caregivers (MARS-PC) is a virtual course for parents and caregivers whose children are accessing care and support through BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH). 

Program Details

MARS-PC is a series of six sessions and a 30-minute information session.

The group sessions are educational and experiential and will be facilitated by Dr. Joanna McDermid (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) and Dr. Dzung Vo (Adolescent Medicine). Skills in mindful awareness can create a sense of community, more well-being and connection. The program supports parents while caring for their loved one, who may be struggling with psychological distress, including anxiety and depression, and/or chronic illness or pain. 


Your child is currently accessing services at BCCH.

A referral by a MARS-PC Ambassador is required.

Cost:  Free

Learn more about how mindfulness can support parenting and caregiving: A Mindful Approach to Parenting and Caregiving

Parents and caregivers may also benefit from our free Breathr app

Want to become a MARS-PC Ambassador?

If you work at BCCH and would like to explore the opportunity to become a MARS-PC Ambassador to facilitate connections with parents and caregivers in this program, please email:

Be notified about upcoming events

This program has no upcoming events. Stay informed about upcoming events by registering here.

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