A referral from a health professional is required to access most of these services. Please save the .pdf file to your computer, fill in your answers, and then email it back to CMHA Kelowna. Or, stop by our offices (504 Sutherland Avenue) and pick up a paper copy.
Wellness Development Centre
The Wellness Development Centre (WDC) is a place where individuals dealing with mental health issues can come to connect with others, engage in wellness-based activities, learn and improve mental and physical wellness and contribute to a vibrant community.
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-3:00pm
If you are interested in visiting the WDC and learning more, please call our Wellness Programs Access Coordinator at 250-861-3644.
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Many different activities are offered at the WDC to foster recovery, grow community, and build wellness-based skills. Check the calendar above for scheduling.
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Offered through the Wellness Development Centre.
(1) Peer Support Services aims to break isolation and provide support from people who understand what it’s like to live with mental health issues. Our programs:
- Connect people with lived experience in a structured therapeutic environment
- Provides support on the journey towards recovery
- Offers both group and one-to-one mentorship opportunities
- Hosts weekly activity groups at Kelowna General Hospital’s Psychiatric unit
CMHA Kelowna recruits and trains new peer supporters approximately once per year.
(2) Accepting Our Bodies Support Group
CMHA Kelowna hosts an Accepting Our Bodies support group to explore wellness and self-compassion through positive peer discussion. No referral is needed for this informal group gathering. The support group is held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 1:00pm at the Wellness Development Centre (504 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna). For more information, please email Jayme Pereira with the subject line “talk with us.” Please note that this group is for those aged 19+
Offered through the Wellness Development Centre.
(1) Mental Health Information Sessions
Once a month we offer a group that presents up to date information about different mental health diagnoses, as well as things that affect mental wellness. This group offers the opportunity to learn more about the mental health challenges faced by ourselves and others.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings bodily sensations and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them, without believing, for instance that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
(3) Monthly Education Groups
We offer a 2 part education series each month on topics that help improve wellness and recovery. Some topics include: self-compassion, communication skills, anger management, conflict resolution, and smoking cessation. The groups are a chance to learn through a variety of means including: presented information, interaction, practice and guest speakers.
The Wellness Grants Committee (WGC) has been assisting people and their families for more than 15 years. Grants provide opportunities to participate in activities in the community that support recovery, wellness, and improved quality of life. The Committee has provided Wellness Grants for activities such as:
- Fitness – gym passes, Tai-chi & karate classes
- Arts & Crafts – pottery courses, music lessons
- Education – Food Safe Certificate, First Aid Certificate, college courses
- Families – funding for summer camps, swimming lessons
To apply for a wellness grant, please complete our Wellness Grants Application Form. Save the .pdf file to your computer, fill in your answers, and then email it back to CMHA Kelowna. Or, stop by our offices (504 Sutherland Avenue) and pick up a paper copy.
Once your application has been reviewed and an appointment becomes available, you will be contacted by the Wellness Grants Coach. Wellness Grants are reviewed within 1-3 months of the date of submission.
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.
WRAP is for anyone, any time. It will support you in being the way you want to be and in doing the things you want to do.
WRAP Will Help You:
- Discover your own simple, safe Wellness Tools
- Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
- Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using Wellness Tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
- Guide you through the process of developing a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive
- Introduce you to Post Crisis Planning
WRAP is offered as a six session course over the span of two weeks. Click here to download the brochure for more information.
Wise & Well
Social participation and a sense of connection are important for positive mental health and healthy aging.
Wise & Well: Building Mental Fitness for Older Adults is an 18-month project aiming to reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness among older adults in the central Okanagan. There are two key elements to this project: 1) to equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge they need to support older adults; 2) to match volunteers with older adults who may be vulnerable to mental health concerns.
CMHA Kelowna is working with several community partners to deliver Wise & Well. Volunteers, including a team of UBC Okanagan Master of Social Work students, will be provided with mental health training, including courses such as Mental Health First Aid, Mental Fitness, ASIST, and/or safeTALK.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or if you know (or are) an older adult who would be interested in receiving volunteer outreach, please contact one of the following agencies in your community:
Peachland Wellness Centre | 250-767-0141
Westside Health Network | 250-768-3305
Lake Country Health Planning | 778-215-5247