Family & Friends Caregiver Support Group
an opportunity for individuals who have a family member or friend that is experiencing mental health issues or other health concerns such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to connect and be supported by peers.
Who: For adult caregivers, residents of Lake Country and surrounding areas including Kelowna and Vernon
The term caregiver refers to all those in the circle of care, including family members, friends and other significant people who provide unpaid support to an individual living with a mental health problem or other illness.
When: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month (with a few exceptions for dates that fall on holidays)
7:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: District of Lake Country Municipal Hall, 10150 Bottom Wood Lake Road
How: Registration is not required, and participants can attend any Support Group as needed
The Support Group is free
Information shared with Lake Country Health Planning Society is confidential
Support Group participants are required to sign a confidentiality agreement
For more information, please call Lake Country Health Planning Society at 778-215-5247
What: The Support Group is facilitated by a professional social worker
Each participant has the opportunity to share during the Support Group
Resources and education materials may be shared in the Support Group
Why: Support Group members have emphasized how important it is to have a local group and how this made them feel like they were part of a community of peers.
They have stated that the mix of mental health and other conditions has been helpful to understand the similarities and differences which enhances feelings of support and their ability to provide care.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada states that a family-friendly system of mental health care is expected to optimally support caregivers so they can provide the best possible support to their loved ones while sustaining their own well-being.