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Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna Branch

As a nation-wide organization, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness through:
-Building capacity
-Influencing public policy
-Providing services and supports
-Developing resources

Our Wellness Initiatives provide innovative services and supports to assist people experiencing mental illness, including PPD, to develop the personal tools to lead meaningful and productive lives. Our programs include:
Wellness Development Centre (WDC) provides wellness and community for adults experiencing mental health concerns.
Peer Support Services are for people coping with the isolating effects of mental health issues and stigma.
Wellness Grants provide people with an opportunity to participate in activities in the community that support their recovery and wellness and improve quality of life.
Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health is a telephone coaching program designed to assist adults experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety.
Living Life to the Full. is an interactive course designed to help individuals deal more effectively with everyday life challenges through the development of cognitive-behavioural skills.
Meals Matter provides a flexible, convenient and delicious solution for those seeking balanced, nutritious diets and looking to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Lorne Fraser Educational Scholarships and Bursaries provide financial assistance to those in BC who deal with mental health issues to further their pursuit of post-secondary education.


The Bridge Youth & Family Services

The Bridge Youth & Family Services is a not-for-profit organization, developing and providing innovative and quality programming for children, youth and families in the Central Okanagan since 1969.

The Bridge service areas include foster home support, youth and family support, family counselling and parent education and support.

Consultation, Counselling & Support
We offer individual, couple and family counselling to the community on a fee for service basis. The counselors at The Bridge are qualified, committed professionals who practice from a strengths perspective. We believe that all individuals and families have strengths and capacities which assist them to cope with challenging situations.
This program is dependent on donations from the generous individuals and corporations in our community.

The Parent Place
The Bridge Youth & Family Services recognizes that parenting is hard work and parents need support and guidance. At The Bridge we provide useful parenting information through parenting courses, facilitated by qualified instructors. Courses offered by the society are available to any community members who are interested. The parenting courses are offered at our Parent Place as well as out in the community on a contract basis. The following are a list of courses the society offers on a regular basis.


CATCH: Community Action Toward Childrens Health

"Working together for the healthy development of children in their early years in the Central Okanagan."

Resource: Car Seats for Organizations Working with Children
The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) and United Way of the Lower Mainland are working in partnership to make child car seats available to non-profit agencies that work with families with children age nine and under through their Community Child Car Seat Program. Successful applicants will receive child car seats for use within their programs and/or for distribution to client families in need. The Community Child Car Seat Program will help keep kids safe on B.C. roads by putting kids in child car seats who otherwise may have gone without. Additional information and access to the application form can be found here: Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2013 and car seats will be distributed to eligible non-profit agencies and community programs in September 2013.


Elizabeth Fry Society

The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society is a trusted charity that is dedicated to advancing the safety, legal rights & economic security of women & children.
Our Mission:
To empower women and children to achieve dignity, security, & equality in the community.
Our Goals:
Stop violence against women & children.
Move low income women & children out of poverty.
Promote the legal rights, justice, & services for women & children.


Central Okanagan Child Development Association

The COCDA is dedicated to providing services for children (birth to school age) with a variety of developmental delays. COCDA also has an Infant Development Program that provides things like home visits developmental assesments, parent workshops and support groups, infant massage and more.

Okanagan Suicide Awareness Society

Okanagan Suicide Awareness Society (OSAS) is a Kelowna-based registered charity whose goal is to raise awareness and to offer support to survivors of suicide loss.
Four out of our five board members have personally experienced the pain and grief of losing a loved one by suicide. All of us recognize the severity of this public health issue in the Okanagan and the lack of survivor support for those who are left behind.
Kelowna is one of 14 cities in BC that average more than 10 suicide deaths each year. Education and public awareness can help reduce myths and the stigma often attached to suicide behaviors  By breaking the silence and secrecy, we hope our society will serve as a collective voice for others who also desire to build a suicide-safer community.