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We see you

“Every day I am amazed by the dedication, professionalism, and compassion of the Mental Health and Substance Use teams here in Kelowna and across the region. Yet at the same time, every day the demand for service continues to grow. In the wake of dual public health emergencies, and recognizing the broad impact of mental health, we need innovation, collaboration, and a renewed focus on prevention in order to continue to meet the needs of our communities.”

Danielle Cameron, Clinical Operations Executive Director, Interior Health

“In the wake of dual public health emergencies, and recognizing the broad impact of mental health, we need innovation, collaboration, and a renewed focus on prevention in order to continue to meet the needs of our communities.”

Danielle Cameron, Clinical Operations Executive Director, Interior Health

“In the wake of dual public health emergencies, and recognizing the broad impact of mental health, we need innovation, collaboration, and a renewed focus on prevention in order to continue to meet the needs of our communities.”

Danielle Cameron, Clinical Operations Executive Director, Interior Health

“In the wake of dual public health emergencies, and recognizing the broad impact of mental health, we need innovation, collaboration, and a renewed focus on prevention in order to continue to meet the needs of our communities.”

Danielle Cameron, Clinical Operations Executive Director, Interior Health

Mental Health Care is for all of us.

Working in collaboration with community mental health partners, the KGH Foundation is rallying the community to help raise $1.7 million to address the mental health care crisis right here at home. The campaign will provide for the immediate needs of mental health care providers in order to help people who are struggling right now, and facilitate collaboration to support system innovation, to build the sustainable, inclusive, and accessible system of mental health care that we all deserve.

We see you.

The birth of a child, the passing of a loved one, a life-altering injury or trauma. A pandemic.

Sometimes (often), seemingly no reason at all.

Mental well-being has become one of the most pervasive health challenges our communities face.  It has been a critical concern in our region for some time, affecting people of all ages, genders, and socio-economic conditions, and affecting some communities disproportionately more than others.  The pandemic has magnified the crisis. So many of us, our family members, friends, co-workers, neighbours are struggling.

Many are just coping, hoping things will get better.

Those who are struggling with mild or moderate symptoms need more, safe options for early intervention. The time to restore the health of our mental health care system is now. Immediate funding is needed to provide relief to existing mental health programs critically stressed under the weight of the increased demand. But it’s not enough. It’s time to re-imagine the system of mental health care in our community.

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We see you.

The birth of a child, the passing of a loved one, a life-altering injury or trauma. A pandemic.
Sometimes (often), seemingly no reason at all.

Mental well-being has become one of the most pervasive health challenges our communities face.  It has been a critical concern in our region for some time, affecting people of all ages, genders, and socio-economic conditions, and affecting some communities disproportionately more than others.  The pandemic has magnified the crisis. So many of us, our family members, friends, co-workers, neighbours are struggling.

Many are just coping, hoping things will get better.

Those who are struggling with mild or moderate symptoms need more, safe options for early intervention. The time to restore the health of our mental health care system is now. Immediate funding is needed to provide relief to existing mental health programs critically stressed under the weight of the increased demand. But it’s not enough. It’s time to re-imagine the system of mental health care in our community.

DONATE NOW

We see you.

The birth of a child, the passing of a loved one, a life-altering injury or trauma. A pandemic.
Sometimes (often), seemingly no reason at all.

Mental well-being has become one of the most pervasive health challenges our communities face.  It has been a critical concern in our region for some time, affecting people of all ages, genders, and socio-economic conditions, and affecting some communities disproportionately more than others.  The pandemic has magnified the crisis. So many of us, our family members, friends, co-workers, neighbours are struggling.

Many are just coping, hoping things will get better.

Those who are struggling with mild or moderate symptoms need more, safe options for early intervention. The time to restore the health of our mental health care system is now. Immediate funding is needed to provide relief to existing mental health programs critically stressed under the weight of the increased demand. But it’s not enough. It’s time to re-imagine the system of mental health care in our community.

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Five people icon
900,000

British Columbians (1 in 5) currently experiencing a mental health issue or substance use disorder

Mental Health Icon
41%

increase in moderate to severe mental health referrals in the Interior Health region from January 2019 to December 2021

One in two icon
1 in 2

has experienced mental health challenges by the age of 40

Children icon
58,000

children in B.C. are not receiving the mental health treatment they need

Mental Health in our community.

With the right support, things can get better. First, we need to address our system, which is also in crisis. To start, we have united with our community mental health care providers in service to provide what is needed most: immediate funding and system change. But we need your help.

“…we can do more together than apart. By aligning together, we can not only raise funds and awareness to support the issue, but we can also demonstrate the extraordinary value of collaboration. We will get a lot closer to supporting the evolving mental health needs of our community by combining forces.”


Ginny Becker, Executive Director, Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna  

Mental Health in our community.

With the right support, things can get better. First, we need to address our system, which is also in crisis. To start, we have united with our community mental health care providers in service to provide what is needed most: immediate funding and system change. But we need your help.

“…we can do more together than apart. By aligning together, we can not only raise funds and awareness to support the issue, but we can also demonstrate the extraordinary value of collaboration. We will get a lot closer to supporting the evolving mental health needs of our community by combining forces.”

Ginny Becker, Executive Director, Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna

Mental Health Cabinet for the KGH Foundation 'We see you' mental health fundraiser

Together, we are the solution.

To build a system of mental health care that is sustainable, inclusive, and accessible to all, we need to work together.

A cabinet consisting of individuals from community partners including the Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna, KCR Community Resources, the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna, and Interior Health acute and community mental health care teams has been assembled to support the campaign and its outcomes.  Each brings an important perspective and holds a vested interest in the transformation the campaign seeks to deliver.

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Mental Health Cabinet for the KGH Foundation 'We see you' mental health fundraiser

Together, we are the solution.

If we ever hope to build a system of mental health care that is sustainable, inclusive, and accessible to all, we are going to need to work together.

A cabinet consisting of individuals from community partners including the Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna, KCR Community Resources, the Children’s Advocacy Centre of Kelowna, and Interior Health acute and community mental health care teams has been assembled to support the campaign and its outcomes.  Each brings an important perspective and holds a vested interest in the transformation the campaign seeks to deliver.

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The bold plan for Mental Health Care.

Immediate Needs

Opportunities to provide desperately needed resources for acute and community-based mental health care services have been identified in our community right now. Funding community programs will allow for earlier access to services upstream, helping to alleviate the pressure of therapeutic interventions downstream. Due to the complexity of treating mental health, it is paramount that clinicians and support staff be provided opportunities for education and training to provide the best patient-centered care.

System Transformation

The development of the KGH Foundation’s Mental Health Collective Impact Fund will support systems-focused research, planning, evaluation, and seed funding. This will include developing a continuum of care model for mental health and substance use. This fund aims to identify, articulate, and address systemic issues in mental health care through investment in people capable of re-imagining the system. Furthermore, this fund will engage many community mental health care partners and facilitate continuous knowledge development and exchange.

We see you

Together, we are the solution.

The ‘We see you’ campaign aims to raise $1.7 million for mental health care to fund both immediate community support and comprehensive system transformation in the Southern Interior.

It’s time to act now. It’s time to act together. Please give.