How many young people would avoid chronic illness, poverty, addiction, or involvement with the justice system – and instead build healthy, fulfilling lives – if youth and families were able to get the help they need, when they need it?
We have some good news.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna and District Branch (CMHA Kelowna) has made major progress towards opening an integrated youth clinic right here in Kelowna. As part of the BC Integrated Youth Services Initiative, Foundry Kelowna will be a world-class centre will host representatives from multiple services to help streamline care for youth aged 12-24.
We know that we can only solve big, complicated problems if we work together.
In partnership with the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, CMHA Kelowna is looking to the community to raise the two million dollars needed to establish this clinic, support annual program initiatives, and allow for ongoing innovation.
With your help, young people will be able to gain easy access to services including primary care, mental health, substance use, counseling, and social services such as access to housing, employment and education support, and more.
As the lead agency, CMHA Kelowna is working with government, community agencies, community partners, and donors, to bring all these services into one, accessible, youth-friendly space. Evidence from Australia’s headspace program, and the Granville Centre in Vancouver, demonstrate that this model works.
With a solution so close at hand, please help us make this a reality in our community.
Click here to read the press release from the Government of British Columbia.
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