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Starting the conversation…

On behalf of numerous family and community serving organizations in the Central Okanagan, The Bridge Youth & Family Services is initiating a dialogue to discuss how we can best support the young people in our community who are experiencing problematic substance use.

Our conversation to date has included focus groups with professionals, young people, and their families.  Moving forward, we are expanding the circle in an effort to hear from as many people as we can to determine our community’s priorities for service.

The Bridge will be encouraging completion of this survey and will be inviting dialogue via Twitter and Facebook over the summer months.  On September 21, we will be hosting an event open to the entire community at the Laurel Packing House.  The event will give us the opportunity to reflect what we’ve heard, invite further dialogue, and to update families on new services now available to them.

We believe this dialogue is important, and timely.  Please join the conversation by completing the survey, and inviting your friends and family to do the same.

If you need help now: 


Kelowna Community Resources Crisis Line 1-888-353-2273 & text 778-783-0177

Helpline for Children 310-1234

Distress Line (BC Wide), 1-800-784-2433

Kids Help Phone, 1-800-668-6868

Addictions and Counselling Services, Westbank First Nation, 250-768-0227 (not a crisis line)

Online chat options:

Other Resources: 

MCFD: Youth Response Team, 250-861-7610

Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Overnight Program, Kelowna

Youth Shelter, 250-868-8541

Jaycees Downtown Youth Centre, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, 250-868-8541

Familysmart PiR  250-212-3030

The Bridge Youth & Family Services, 250-763-0456

Al-Anon, 250-763-5555

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, Support Line, 1-855-474-9777

Changes Youth Alcohol and Drug Program, ARC Programs Ltd., 250-763-2977

Kelowna Alcohol and Drug Services, 250-868-7788

Alcoholics Anonymous, 250-763-5555

Cocaine Anonymous, CRISIS LINE, 1-866-662-8300

Narcotics Anonymous, 1-877-604-7613

Youth Addiction Services, 1-604-871-0450

Kelowna Family Centre, 250-860-3181


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