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My Name is Finnegan.

I live with anxiety and depression. But I am not alone.

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Not Alone

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.

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Youth Mental Illness in British Columbia

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Nearly three times more youth die from suicide than from cancer.
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As few as 25% of youth receive the care they need.
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75% of mental illnesses and substance use problems begin between the ages of 12 and 24.
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One in five youth in BC need help with mental health or substance abuse.
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Youth mental illness is ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.
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Last year in Kelowna, over 1200 youth visited the KGH emergency department to get help with mental health or substance abuse.
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When presenting at KGH Emergency, over 50% of youth cited depression, anxiety, deliberate self-harm or suicide as the primary motivation for seeking help.
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Stories of Courage and Strength in the Face of Mental Illness

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Nicholas' Story

At 18 years old, Nicholas seems like the guy who’s got it all together. A pre-med student at UBC-O, talented goalie for the Okanagan Heat, good looks and a loving family. But things aren’t always as perfect as they seem.

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Sean & Jody's Story

When they realized that, at age seven, one of their twin sons was struggling with mental illness, they were prepared to do whatever it took. They found themselves navigating the most difficult terrain of their lives.

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Helen's Story

'I am a mother with lived experience. And I can assure it's not one you want to share.' A Kelowna mother's story of heartbreak in the fight against mental illness and substance use.

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