A referral from a health professional is required to access these services.
Adolescence is a time of dramatic change. The journey from childhood to adulthood can be complex and challenging. Young people often feel tremendous pressure to succeed at school, at home, and in social groups. At the same time, they may lack the life experience that lets them know that difficult situations will not last forever. Mental health problems commonly associated with adults, such as depression, also affect young people. With this in mind, CMHA Kelowna has made young people a priority for our programs and services. We have embarked on both a necessary and ambitious plan to help identify and address the mental health needs of young people.
For additional information about youth mental health, click here to visit our resource page.
Connected By 25
Connected By 25 (CB25) is a collaborative project between CMHA Kelowna and the Bridge Youth and Family Services focused on meeting the needs of 16-24 year olds who are vulnerable in their transition to adulthood. Designed to assist young people at risk of falling through the cracks, CB25 empowers youth by facilitating access to the social, emotional, and material supports they need. With these supports in place, young people will experience increased resilience and sense of belonging while learning skills to help mitigate risk.
- One-to-one support
- Systems navigation
- Life skills development
- Strengthening connections to community and natural supports
For more information…
- Please have your mental health professional, local agency, or family doctor complete a referral form: CB25 Referral
- Or, contact us
Thank you to Interior Savings for supporting Connected By 25.
LINC Hub (Living Independently Needs Connection) is an intake, assessment, and service delivery hub for youth and young adults (16-24) which facilitates connections to mental health services, community resources, and emotional and material supports. LINC is a key element of CMHA’s Connected by 25, an initiative designed to provide supports to young people vulnerable in their transitions to adulthood.
LINC is delivered by the Kelowna Youth Transitions Working Group, comprised of CMHA Kelowna, Bridge Youth & Family Services, Interior Health Association, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
Please contact us for more information.
Thank you to Source Office Furnishings for supporting LINC.
Supper Club is a 12-week program in a safe and supportive environment for young people to learn about and gain valuable life skills in a group environment.
- The club meets Mondays, 4:30pm – 7:30pm at the CMHA Wellness Development Centre
- Space is limited to 15 young people per Supper Club
- CMHA Kelowna runs 4 clubs per year
- Participation in an intake and orientation session is required before attending Supper Club
For more information…
- Please have your mental health professional, local agency, or family doctor complete a referral form: Supper Club Referral
- Or, contact us
Thank you to Kids Care for supporting Supper Club.
Ready to Rent for Youth
Ready to Rent for Youth is an adapted version of the Ready to Rent BC RentSmart program. Ready to Rent for Youth opens doors to housing through education and is available for no cost to participants.
Ready to Rent consists of two sessions that are each two hours long. It is a free program for youth who need assistance to find and keep a place to live and provides education and resources to help you make a plan to get the housing you need.
Food is provided at each session. Assistance with transportation may be available.
For details about upcoming workshops, and to register for Ready to Rent, please contact CJ LeBlanc
Ready to Rent for adults is also available.
Thank you to 100 Men Who Give a Damn! Kelowna for supporting Ready to Rent for Youth.
Operated by CMHA Kelowna, Foundry Kelowna is an integrated youth and family clinic that unites partner organizations to provide coordinated services addressing the primary care, mental health, substance use, counselling and social service needs of youth 12 – 24 and their families. Foundry Kelowna supports young peoples’ well-being by intervening early so youth can find the help they need when they need it. To learn more, click here.