Might 30, 2021 – 9:30 AM
A brand new Foundry Kelowna venture is taking to the street to convey psychological well being providers to Central Okanagan youth.
Youth ages 12 to 24 can have entry Foundry Kelowna’s retrofitted motorhome, which can journey to West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and Lake Nation, to allow them to extra simply entry the assist they want, in line with a Foundry Kelowna press launch.
The cellular unit is the primary of its sort within the province and can be rolling out mid-June. The unit will present drop-in counselling and navigation helps, with plans to broaden service by late August.
Wellness on wheels is operated by the Canadian Psychological Well being Affiliation Kelowna and co-created with greater than 100 Central Okanagan youth to make sure the preliminary idea, feel and look, and providers meet the distinctive wants of younger individuals within the area, in line with the discharge.
“I’ve heard from many dad and mom that their youngsters want entry to extra psychological well being and substance use providers near dwelling and immediately”, mentioned Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Psychological Well being and Addictions, within the press launch.
“It’s progressive and low-barrier providers like Foundry’s new Kelowna wellness on wheels venture that may make life-saving helps extra simply accessible for younger individuals within the Central Okanagan. I stay up for listening to how this service is making a constructive influence within the area.”
For the reason that youth psychological well being group’s opening lower than 4 years in the past, greater than 4,000 youth and 1,000 households have come to get assist from Foundry Kelowna and its companions, she mentioned.
What we’ve discovered when speaking to younger individuals about their psychological well being is that there are nonetheless obstacles to getting assist,” mentioned Shelagh Turner, CEO of CMHA Kelowna, within the information launch.
“With this wellness on wheels service, we’re eliminating geographic obstacles to care by bringing assist and assist to younger individuals in communities all through the Central Okanagan. It amazes me how the neighborhood has come collectively for this venture. Their generosity is actually what made it doable.”
The wellness on wheels service is an extension of Foundry’s provincial mannequin of care, part of A Pathway to Hope, the province’s roadmap for making psychological well being and addictions care higher for individuals in British Columbia, in line with the press launch.
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