A new financial commitment will help ensure local youth and families get timely access to the right care at the right time. RBC is committing $50,000 for Foundry Kelowna in support of the Youth Navigation program.
Art Monahan, Branch Manager, Kelowna RBC Royal Bank explains they recognize the need for mental health services to work together as efficiently as possible. “Many youth and families are stuck navigating a complex and segregated array of mental health services,” says Monahan. He adds that RBC has a long history of supporting initiatives that help children and youth realize their potential, “Our commitment to funding navigation at Foundry Kelowna will help ensure youth and families are able to get timely access to the right care.”
One in five young people will experience a mental health and/or substance use issue before the age of 24, yet only 25% will receive the help they need. By working collaboratively, with an eye to establishing a ‘system of care’, Foundry will transform how young people access help in our community.
“We are working to ‘connect the dots’ between disparate systems and services, and navigation is the glue that will serve to connect young people with the services they require,” says Mike Gawliuk, Director of Program and Service Delivery. “Through integrated and coordinated care that is accessible and youth friendly space, we can intervene earlier and prevent mental health and substance use issues from becoming debilitating and life-long illnesses.”
(Pictured l to r: Christine Sposato, Commercial Account Manager RBC; Nola Nargang,Commercial Account Manager RBC; Ray Warren, VP Commercial Financial Services RBC; Pam Shaw Regional Vice President BC Okanagan Kootenay RBC ; Melissa Federssen, Foundry Kelowna Centre Manager; Art Monahan, Kelowna Main Branch Manager RBC)