Health & Wellness
School Counselors and Advisors are available to support you with Social and Mental Health Supports. Below are some additional resources for you to access independently:
- There are many challenges in our world today and if you are keeping up on the latest (forest fires, the rising cause of basic needs etc.), it can be even harder to remain calm given all that is going on. Stress, anxiety, and depression are not unusual for people of all ages. But there are things we can do as individuals and collectively to deal with stress and support one another during these challenging times. See here for information from the government of B.C.
- The Lower Similkameen Community Services Society has put together a list of supports during COVID-19. List available here. Supports for families, students and individuals include Food Support, Family Support Programs, Victims Services, Stop the Violence, Mental Health Support, and much more!
- The Foundry Penticton offers young people 12-24 access to mental health and substance use support, primary care, peer support and social services.
- BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
- Teen Mental Health has resources for teens and parents to learn more about mental health and the supports available.
- Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868 (on 24/7) (text option available: text CONNECT to 686868)
- Youthinbc.com - Online Chat Crisis Line (noon to 1 am)
- Suicide Distress Line - 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or online supports through https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/contact-us/
- AMAZE takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know. Age appropriate info on puberty for tweens and their parents - amaze / USA
- Foundry Penticton: Are you a parent of a young person struggling with a mental health or substance use challenge? You are not alone... Foundry Penticton offers Confidential Caregiver Peer Support from parents who've been there. Terry McKinlay 250-462-2714, Allison Gear 250-462-2714. Our services are available by phone, text, email Zoom or in person. Foundry - Where Wellness Takes Shape - (foundrybc.ca)
SESS Counsellor (Secondary)
SD 53 Elementary Counsellor (Mondays & Fridays)
Desert Sun Counsellor
(Support for students of Indigenous ancestry)
Youth Peer Support Worker-Secondary
(Mondays & Wednesdays)