CMHA KELOWNA PROGRAMS: COVID-19 UPDATES
By CMHA Kelowna Staff (Last updated: September 29, 2020 at 3:40pm PT)
Like you, we are adapting to this continually evolving situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19. As always, we remain committed to the health and safety of those who use our services, our staff and our volunteers. Now more than ever, staying connected to each other is important for our mental health and well-being. We can all work together to continue to find new ways to help build connection with those closest to you and the community as a whole. #CreatingConnection – for you, for all of us. For our mental health.
At CMHA Kelowna we are working hard at creating innovative ways to be there for anyone who needs help and support right now. Below you will find the latest information on all of our CMHA Kelowna programs and services and how we are connecting with those that need help and support.
Are you having a mental health concern and in need of help?
CMHA Kelowna (504 Sutherland Ave.)
Our main office is open for phone (250-861-3644) or email (email@example.com) inquiries Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Note: Wellness Grants are on hold until further notice
WELLNESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (WDC)
Join us in our virtual programs!
Monday 10 – 11:30 (NOTE: New time as of October 7th) – Virtual Art Class
Tuesday & Wednesday noon-2pm – Share in positive stories, light conversation, and some good fun in an open, relaxed, and welcoming setting – online or over the phone!
Wednesday 11am – Virtual Yoga Class
How Can I Participate?
Online: open your web browser and go to zoom.us. Along the top of that web page, click the link called “join a meeting”. Enter the meeting ID then follow the instructions to install Zoom app. If you have downloaded Zoom app already (computer, mobile), just open that app and join meeting with ID and password: Zoom meeting ID: 2508613644 | Zoom password: 2508613644
Phone: 1-778-907-2071 (enter meeting ID, #, then the password when prompted)
JOIN IN OUR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
The CMHA Wellness Development Centre is happy to be offering in person activities out in the community again. First we are going to start out slowly. We are going to follow the protocols, guidelines and restrictions set out by the World Health Organization, the BC Health Authority, Work Safe BC and the BC Parks and Recreation Association. This is a challenging time for all of us. We recognize that these new measures may be an inconvenience and that some members may find the physical distancing and new or different ways of doing things to be difficult to make work. We are doing all of these things to keep each other safe and healthy, and to protect the vulnerable members of our community. Each of us has a role to play in keeping WDC strong! We can’t wait to see you out there!
October Schedule - Thursdays 12-12:30pm
Come a bit early and start with some yoga 11:30 – 12:15, for each of the dates above.
*Note – Anyone participating in our outdoor activities we be required to sign a waiver. These forms will be available at each of our activities
Our fantastic food preparation team of Mandy and Patricia is busy making nutritious meals for our housing residents, WDC participants and our community’s vulnerable population. We are so happy that we were able to collaborate with local chefs & organizations to provide this service, and are able to continue it on, providing thousands of meals each week to those in our community who are in need.
Peer Support is providing support online and over the phone: Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm & Wednesday 4:00pm-6:00pm. If you have questions about our Peer Support Program you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundry Kelowna (101 - 1815 Kirschner Rd.)
Foundry Kelowna is offering appointments virtually, over the phone or in person with our Nurse Practitioner as well as first-time and follow-up mental health counselling sessions. To make an appointment simply call our office and we will work with you to find the best option for you to get the help you need. We take your safety and that of our staff seriously. See Foundry Kelowna’s WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan.
FOUNDRYS' VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
Gentle Yoga (Thursdays at 10am PT)– Join Caroldean Jude, yoga teacher at Foundry since January 2018, for this gentle, all levels live class (for youth aged 12-24) and practice in your home!
TransMission (Last Monday of every month at 7pm PT – Next group: Monday, September 28)– Open to all youth (ages 12-24) in the Kelowna area who identify as trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid.
What Really Works? (A Mental Health Podcast for Young People)– In “What Really Works?” hosts Beki and Olivia talk all about mental health and how each of us can support our well-being in a down-to-earth and practical way. They remove the ‘clinical’ jargon and just chat honestly about our experiences and what they’ve found to work.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Foundry Kelowna does not provide emergency or crisis services. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or a medical emergency, please call 911, or go to the ER.
CMHA British Columbia Division
In this spirit of resilience, the Canadian Mental Health Association across BC is proud to offer expanded supports during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis with generous funding from the Province of B.C.