Victoria, BC (February 19, 2019) – “Significant new funding for child and youth mental health and substance use services will begin to fill the huge gap that exists between the needs of BC’s children, youth and young adults, and available services, and support implementation of the Province’s anticipated child & youth mental health plan,” said Kendra Milne, Senior Director, Policy and Planning of the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division. “We know that many mental health and substance use problems arise in childhood or youth and it is a key time to ensure we support kids and young people to thrive and be well – these new investments have the potential to improve lifelong outcomes for kids who need them.”
When we are worried about the mental health of a friend or family member, mentioning our concerns can feel awkward. You want to be supportive but may be nervous that you’re being nosey, intrusive, or perhaps afraid you will say the wrong thing. But the more we talk about mental health, the more comfortable the topic will become.
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna wants you to know that you don’t need to have all the answers in order to support someone going through a tough time. The first step is breaking the silence.