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. A referral from a health professional is required to access the WDC. 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. If you are interested in visiting the WDC and learning more, please call our Wellness Programs Access Coordinator at 250-861-3644.
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-3:00pm
Wellness Centre Members: Click here to download Monthly Calendar for October.
*Please note: our Wellness Development Centre is currently undergoing renovations until October 29, 2018. Download the calendar above to see where you can find our programs/services during this time*
any 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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(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 Kyra MacPherson with the subject line “talk with us.” Please note that this group is for those aged 19+
(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.
(4) HAT TRICK Program
HAT TRICK is an innovative 12-week program for men that focuses on physical activity, healthy eating and mental fitness. Throughout this program, you will get to work with local health experts, as the focus of each weekly session will vary, covering topics from increasing physical activity levels, to healthy eating strategies and ways to strengthen your mental fitness. Click here for more information.