This holiday season, let’s bring change to our mental health system.
In my role as a volunteer leader, I have heard cries for help from family members and from those who live with mental illness and addiction. Maybe you feel the same as I do… it’s heartbreaking to watch your friends, loved ones, and neighbours struggle to find help for mental health and/or addictions challenges.
I started volunteering for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) because I, too, want change. I want to be a part of something that can propel the mental health movement forward. I’m grateful for the support you’ve shown our organization. And with the help of donors like you, we can offer more programs and services to our community. But we also know that gaps in our system of care mean people aren’t getting the right help, and at the right time. Too many are left, waiting. Too many have few options.
Sadly, there is no magic wand solution to this problem. But there is hope. Change is within our reach.
If you’ve wanted to help, now is the time to have an impact on the lives of those who struggle with mental illness and addiction. Will you join me?
CMHA is challenging 1% of all British Columbians – 44,000 people – to “Get Loud” and “Take Action”, as a show of support for better mental health and addictions care in BC. The campaign is called b4stage4 – its analogy is simple – a physician wouldn’t wait until stage 4 to prevent, intervene early or treat cancer, and the same should be true when it comes to mental health challenges. We want to educate, galvanize support, and press for real change, so that getting the right kind of mental health or addictions care – at the right time – is possible for everyone in BC.
You can help!
Proudly, CMHA has always taken a b4stage4 approach. We’re proactive and we’re effective, but we need your help to continue to provide the following programs and services:
- Our family programs include support and peer connections because we know that caring for children and youth experiencing mental illness is one of the hardest jobs imaginable.
- Our integrated senior program is a partnership bringing together seniors within our community under one roof so that they can interact with each other to tell their story in order to find the right help to avoid suffering from isolation.
Together, we can bring change to the people of Kelowna and across BC.
Use your magic wand today to GET LOUD (using #b4stage4 on social media) and show support for a b4stage4 approach in BC. Let’s use our wands to TAKE ACTION and donate to ensure our b4stage4 services in Kelowna continue to be an effective early-identification, early-intervention approach.
With your help, the future does indeed look bright!
Wishing you a magical season!
CMHA Kelowna Board President
Want to learn more about the b4stage4 campaign? Click here!