Mental health project receives $200,000

Caring for the Caregivers offers peer groups, case co-ordination, and access to professional therapy and primary care services.

Kelowna families dealing with mental health and/or substance use issues will receive increased support, thanks to $200,000 in Community Action Initiative grants from the provincial government.

The funding will support the Caring for the Caregivers (CFTC) program coordinated by the Canadian Mental Health Association (Kelowna and district), which offers peer groups, service referrals, case co-ordination, and access to professional therapy and primary care services.

This program supports parents and caregivers of children, youth and dependent adults in the Kelowna area that are experiencing mental illness and/or substance use problems.

“Mental illness doesn’t just affect one person– it affects their family and friends as well,” said Westside-Kelowna MLA  Premier Christy Clark.

“This CMHA program offers families the support and care they need.”

“One in five British Columbians struggles to cope with a mental health diagnosis or substance abuse challenge,” added Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick.

“It’s great to know the CMHA is always there to help, not only in Kelowna but across British Columbia.”