In 2017, the KGH Foundation, in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CHMA) Kelowna, ran the ‘Not Alone’ fundraising campaign. Aimed at raising $2 million to open Foundry Kelowna, a mental health care centre for youth and their families, ‘Not Alone’ broke down the walls of stigma that shadow this disease, and opened up the possibility for a new kind of care. Open access, integrated support from multiple services, reducing frustrating wait times, keeping our vulnerable youth out of the Emergency Department and into supportive, customized care. In July 2017 we announced the $2 million goal was reached and Foundry Kelowna will open in September 2017. But we are by no means complete.
There is still an urgent need to continue to raise funds for Foundry Kelowna and other community-based, early intervention mental health initiatives. We invite you to read on and explore the following personal accounts, as told through the lens of those struggling. Everyone knows someone. Please help.