Author donates half of funds to a Kelowna foundation

Steena Holmes is donating half the funds raised from her paperback sales

Steena Holmes will be in Kelowna June 26 Contributed

New York Times best selling author, Steena Holmes has teamed up with Kelowna charity, Lifeline Canada Foundation to promote mental health.

While Holmes’ daughter was in the hospital for one of her suicide attempts she found herself finding catharsis in piecing together a novel told in two, interchanging narratives; one that tells the story of the past and one of the present.

“For the time she was in the hospital, these words flowed through me, it was very cathartic and it was my way of dealing with those emotions. I felt so helpless and wanted to know what I did wrong, so I started asking those questions in the book,” Holmes said.

Related:Interior and Northern Health Authorities have highest suicide rates in B.C.

Interweaving her pain and questions into the story, Holmes’ hopes to continue the discussion beyond her novel The Forgotten Ones by donating half of its paperback earnings to the Lifeline Canada Foundation. A non-profit foundation that provides mental health and suicide prevention in Canada and Worldwide through the use of a mobile app, a dog companionship program and several resources and tools.

Related: Parents respond to suicide alertness workshops

“After she left the hospital I did a lot of research after everything. I had a lot of support but I wish so much that I would have known (about these resources) as a parent, I wish I had gone online and found some of these groups,” Holmes said.

Holmes not only wanted to help parents feel supported but also wanted to support a Canadian non-profit foundation, and ultimately chose Lifeline because of how accessible it is.

Related: Kelowna author reaches national bestseller status

Holmes now writes a blog where she discusses what her daughter’s journey has been like from her perspective as a mom.

Holmes will be in Kelowna June 26 at Chapters Indigo from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. signing books and sharing her story.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@sydneyrmorton
sydney.morton@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

No Stuart Park fire-pit in Kelowna this winter

City says in bid to reduce natural gas use, it won’t light fire pit at popular outdoor ice rink

Differences between the California and Okanagan fires taken seriously

Chief Travis Whiting and Kelowna Fire Department learn from the devasting U.S. fires

Glenrosa Elementary PAC fundraiser nets $10,000

Half the $20,000 allegedly stolen from school funds is replaced

Physio treatment user fees dropped for auto accident injuries

ICBC negotiates new contract with B.C. Physiotherapy Association

Beat the Mondays: Trapped in Bali? Lessons learned from an erupting volcano

Gina Petrovich is a travel writer for the Kelowna Capital News

1st Indigenous woman to start Canadian airline looks to B.C.’s remote regions

Teara Fraser is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start her own airline, called Iskwew Air

UPDATE: Death of 38-year-old Fernie man at B.C. coal mine under investigation

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning

Breathing polluted air during pregnancy may increase odds of baby having autism: SFU study

Study looked at nearly all births in Metro Vancouver between 2004 and 2009

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Vehicle crashes over embankment in Penticton

Emergency responders are on scene after a vehicle went over an embankment along Carmi Avenue.

Bankruptcies in British Columbia on the rise

Consumer bankruptcies climbed by 6. 1 per cent in August 2018 from the same month last year.

22 public toilets in Victoria: 136 people currently peeing

World Toilet Day floats some serious health issues

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Most Read