Counselling Department
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  • Provide support to students and their families to foster growth in students' self-esteem, indivudual responsibility, emotional development, decision-making and social skills
  • Consult with students and parents to access appropriate school-based educational supports
  • Coordinate district and other community services and agencies for students' individual needs
  • Assist students and parents with transition to high school and the requirments for the BC Graduation Program
  • Provide appropriate interventions for school-based concerns
  • Assist students with timetable issues
  • Assist students with post-secondary plans (Bursaries and Scholarships)

KSS COUNSELLORS

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Diane DeMug

E: diane.demug@sd23.bc.ca

P: 250-870-5105 ext. 4493

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Sandra Curran

E: sandra.curran@sd23.bc.ca

P: 250-870-5105 ext. 4452

E: sandy.corrado@sd23.bc.ca

P: 250-870-5105 ext. 4429​

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24 HOUR CRISIS SUPPORTS:

  

  • Helpline for Youth: 310-1234  (no area code required)
  • Kelowna Crisis Line: 1-888-353-CARE  (2273)
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
  • Mental Health Support: 310-6789  (no area code required)
  • Suicide: 1-800-SUICIDE  (784-2433)
  • Youth in BC: 1-866-661-3311
  • Child Welfare Worker 24hrs: 1-800-663-9122


COMMUNITY SUPPORTS   (Supports in our community to call)

ARC PROGRAMS

513 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A7

(250) 763-2977

https://arcprograms.com/

 

ARC Programs offers Drug and Alcohol counselling for KSS students.  Referrals can come from parents, teachers, administrator or students themselves.  For more information, see your school counsellor.

THE BRIDGE YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

#8-2604 Enterprise Way.

Kelowna BC

250-763-0456

www.thebridgeservices.ca

email: info@thebridgeservics.ca

The Bridge Youth and Family Services is a not-for-profit charity that provides innovative quality programming for Children, youth and families.

Services include family counselling, addiction services, children and youth counselling, support, and Parenting support.

 

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

https://cmhakelowna.com

504 Sutherland Ave.

Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5X1

250-861-3644

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Kelowna provides resources for people to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

 

CHILD & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH (CYMH)

1340 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC

(778) 699-2272

https://www.divisionsbc.ca/cod/cymh

  • Child & Youth Mental Health offers community mental health support for youth in B.C.  
    WALK-IN CLINIC:  CYMH offers children, youth and their families walk-in service twice a week where children and youth can receive a same-day initial assessment by a trained professional in a confidential environment.  *No referral needed.

    Drop-In:

Tuesdays & Thursdays  9am - 11am
204-260 Harvey Ave (Hwy 97)
Kelowna (downtown, in between Abbott St & Water St, beside the Prestige Hotel)

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health

ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY

1855 Kirschner Road Unit 280

Kelowna BC

250-763-4613

www.empowerific.com

Support for sexual abuse and assault. Mission is to provide preventative and intervention services for women and children.

FAMILY SMART

Toll free 1-(855)-887-8004

www.familysmart.ca

email: info@familysmart.ca

Helps families and youth navigate mental health support systems in our community.

FOUNDRY

100 - 1815 Kirschner Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G3

Open ⋅ Mon-Fri  9am-5pm   

          
WALK-IN HOURS FOR FIRST TIME VISITS: Mon-Fri 2:00-5:00pm

WALK-IN HOURS FOR RETURNING YOUTH: 2:00 - 4:15pm Tues,Wed,Thur

Doctors are available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please call ahead to make an appointment.

(236) 420-2803

https://foundrybc.ca

Foundry Kelowna is a wellness centre where any youth or parent in our community can find easy access to the help they need, when they need it: mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services, and youth and family peer supports.  It is an integrated youth and family initiative that transforms how mental health care and substance use services are delivered in Kelowna, providing early intervention to support young peoples' wellbeing.

https://foundrybc.ca/kelowna/ - For virtual tour of Kelowna location

Watch "Foundry"  for Video on What Foundry has to offer

https://vimeo.com/261207225?ref=em-share

KELOWNA COMMUNITY RESOURCES- KCR

620 Leon Avenue,

Kelowna BC,

V1Y 9T2

250.763.8008
www.kcr.ca

KCR is a not for profit agency fostering diversity, collaboration and resourcefulness by tailoring services to meet community, family and individual needs.

 

 

KI-LOW-NA FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY

442 Leon Avenue

Kelowna BC

V1Y 6J3

250-763-4905

www.kfs.bc.ca

The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society will provide for the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of all peoples through the development of community-based services, while encouraging the community to preserve, share and promote Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.

 

OKANAGAN PRIDE SOCIETY

PO Box 20132

RPO Towne Centre

Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9H2

250-860-8555

Provides a space where youth ages 12-14 and 15-18 who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and their Allies (LGBTQQA+) can meet supportive peers in a safe environment * offers weekly, facilitated programs that include: social activities, individual empowerment discussions, healthy relationship discussions, the fostering of positive community involvement and numerous other areas of interest for our young people * please visit our Facebook page or contact the youth coordinator for updates on dates and location, as events are often held off-site.

OPT- OPTIONS FOR SEXUAL HEALTH

Foundry Clinic- Foundry Kelowna

100-1815 Kirschner Rd

1-800-739-7367

Kelowna OPT Clinic

Rutland Aurora Health Center

Suite 102-285 Aurora Crescent

www.optionsforsexualhealth.org

Offer sexual health services, support information for people of all ages, genders and orientations. OPT will educate and offer non-judgmental counselling and low cost contraceptives, STI and Pap testing,

RECONNECT 
250-868-8541  ext. 4

250-869-4433 (Gayle)
250-870-7231  (Jessica)
250-859-2524 (Victoria)

 

*Leave a message.  All three workers check the voicemail and someone will return your call. 

RECONNECT is a program of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs that provides outreach, support, referral, mediation and advocacy for high-risk youth that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, aged 13 to 18 years. Reconnect offers mobile youth workers who can come to the youth (ie: meet at a Tim Hortons or other mutually agreed upon location) for services and supports. Parents may contact for more information.

  • Provides short-term service to youth 13-18.
  • Parent Teen Mediation.
  • Residency Issues.
  • Alcohol and Drug Referrals.
  • One on One Support/Counseling.
  • Hygiene and contraceptive education and products.
  • Street Outreach

WEB BASED SUPPORTS

ANXIETY BC

http://youth.anxietybc.com/

 

Anxiety BC is run by the Anxiety Disorders Association of BC, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase awareness and promote education of anxiety disorders.  There is an entire section dedicated to youth, tips for parents of all ages, and a wealth of helpful information!  Topics include:

Anxiety 101      How to Chill         Facing Fears      Healthy Habits      Thinking Right     Common Problems (test anxiety, fear of needles, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, etc.)

CANADIAN VIRTUAL HOSPICE

www.mygrief.ca

 

Description- Losing someone is hard. Mygrief.ca will help you understand and work through your grief. It was developed by families and grief experts and there are stories from people who have "been there." BC programs and services also linked to this website.

CHILD ANXIETY NETWORK

http://www.childanxiety.net/

Anxiety disorders are one of the primary mental health problems affecting children and adolescents today. Given the wide range of stressors associated with growing up, it is important that our children have appropriate skills for coping with anxiety and other difficult emotions

The Child Anxiety Network (American based website) was created by Dr. Donna Pincus and is designed to provide thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety. The Child Anxiety Network is also designed to provide direction for those who are not sure where to turn when they think their child or a child they know may need professional help to cope with anxiety.

CHILD & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health

Complete list of the Government of BC mental health resources.

COLLABORATIVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE

http://www.shared-care.ca/toolkits

Child and youth mental health "toolkits" that provide resources and information on a wide variety of mental health related issues.

COPING WITH SELF-HARM- A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

https://jersey.police.uk/media/354331/coping-with-self-harm-brochure.pdf

An informational resource for parents and caregivers aimed at helping parents, family members, friends cope when a young person is self-harming.

ERASE BULLYING

https://www.erasebullying.ca/

Every child deserves an education free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence. The ERASE (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) Bullying strategy is part of the Province of British Columbia's efforts to personalize learning and supports for all students.

JACK.ORG

www.jack.org/resources

A variety of mental health resources including topics such as – depression, anxiety, suicide, self-harm etc.

 

KELTY EATING DISORDERS

https://keltyeatingdisorders.ca/

Kelty Eating Disorders connects you with resources and information for every stage of the eating disorder journey.

OMUNITY

https://qmunity.ca/

What happens when LGBTQ/2S folks searching for community come together to meet, guide and support each other.

SOGI 123

www.sogieducation.org

SOGI- wants to create inclusive schools for all LGBTQQA+ students and their allies. Information and resources available for students, parents and educators.

TAKE A BREATH

https://nowtakeabreath.com/kelowna-senior-secondary

 

The "Take A Breath" website features many different audio files for reducing stress, falling asleep, calming down from anxiety, and general relaxation and health.  The audio files range from 5 minutes up to 30 minutes and there are a variety of each type to choose from.  These are FREE to students, parents, and teachers to use at school or at home.  Click the image to the left and it will load automatically to the password-protected site.  
            Password:  "ksskelowna"        (Password is case sensitive)

TEST ANXIETY

www.anxietybc.com

 

 

This booklet available on Anxiety BC is designed to support students working specifically with test anxiety.  It has helpful information and activities for students and parents!  Click the button to the left for a direct link.

APP BASED SUPPORTS   (Download Apps onto your personal device)

DESTRESSIFY APP (stress relief app)

Addresses 5 areas of stress prevention: Practices for calming the mind, emotional balance, relaxation, energizing exercises and achieving joy.

HEADSPACE APP (mindfulness)

 

Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. We'll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.

INSIGHT TIMER APP

Home to thousands of free guided meditations on topics such as self-compassion, nature and stress.

LIFELINE APP

 

The LifeLine App is the National free Suicide Prevention and Awareness App that offers access and guidance to support for those suffering in crisis and those who have suffered the devastating loss of a loved one from suicide. The LifeLine App also provides awareness education and prevention strategies to guide people in crisis all across the globe

MINDSHIFT APP

 

This App is from Anxiety BC and is the #1 psycho-educational app in the WORLD right now! Designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety.  This App includes strategies to help you take charge of your anxiety.


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