One in five young Canadians, from all walks of life, experience mental health and/or substance use issues. Of this group, only 25% of youth will receive the services they need to live their best life.
In the Central Okanagan, we are home to more than 30,000 youth – meaning about 6,000 of them are struggling with mental health or substance use problems, and as many as 4,500 are not getting the care they need. Too often, young people and their families don’t know where to get help.
We have some good news.
Foundry Kelowna is open; providing Kelowna with a massive step forward in helping young people navigate one of the most misunderstood, stigmatized illnesses of our time.
Foundry Kelowna, operated by CMHA 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’ wellbeing by intervening early so youth can find the help they need when they need it.
There is more work to do.
The Not Alone campaign, to raise $2 million in support of Foundry Kelowna, a fundraising collaboration between KGH Foundation and CMHA Kelowna, reached its goal. We are so proud of the way the community has come together to realize this vision for young people and their families. Because of you, Foundry Kelowna is here. But, we must continue to invest in youth in our community. We must continue to ensure we can meet the local need and fund future program innovation at Foundry Kelowna. We can do it – together.
On behalf of the team at CMHA Kelowna we thank you, and most importantly, this community’s youth and families thank you.
To learn more about Foundry Kelowna click here
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Thank you to everyone who shares this vision: