Program provides support

Youth and their supporters are invited to participate in a planning week from Dec. 12 to 16

A pilot program to help break barriers for young people suffering from a range of mental illnesses is being offered in Penticton.

Martin House, a take on a program for youth in Nova Scotia called Laing House, will network service groups in the community to provide a community-based program where young people experiencing mood disorder, anxiety disorder or psychosis can get the support they need to build their lives.

Youth and their supporters are invited to participate in a planning week with the Mental Wellness Centre and B.C. Schizophrenia Society — Penticton branch from Dec. 12 to 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A pilot program will operate at 205 Martin St. for three months starting on Jan. 3. It will provide support through education, independent living skills, peer support, employment (paid or volunteer), healthy living and social skills and through creative arts.

The program will also provide hospital outreach family support.