The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna has received a generous donation from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund.
The $18,000 grant will support the development of Peer School, a free online program for people to learn how to help and support others.
Provided through CMHA Kelowna’s Discovery College online platform, Peer School is a range of workshops created to increase an individual’s ability to provide caring and compassionate support.
“Peer School is designed for people who are currently, or are interested in, helping others,” said Beki Hardcastle, Discovery College Lead. “So, whether you’re a friend that people go to, a caregiver supporting a child, a partner helping a loved one, or just wanting to gain these skills, Peer School workshops are tailored to assist you in this.”
As with all Discovery College programs, Peer School workshops are created by experts through experience and experts through learning.
“The goal is to share what people have found to be the most important and supportive,” said Hardcastle. “So, all of our workshops are co-developed with individuals who have personal life-experience and with people who have educational or work experience.”
With Bell’s funding, CMHA Kelowna will implement topics that include boundary setting, communication skills, understanding helpful relationships, goal setting, mental health literacy, facilitation skills, and Indigenous cultural competencies.
“The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant supports our commitment to building a mentally healthy community,” said CMHA Kelowna CEO Shelagh Turner.
“Our goal is to provide excellent service and smart supports that will make a difference in helping all people achieve mental health and well-being. This important grant will help us to get a step closer in building a stronger community.”
Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 26.
On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every applicable text, local or long distance call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video, and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat lens.