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Mental health is an important health issue. Adults 50 and over with a mental health concern, particularly in rural communities have unique challenges. In the South Okanagan, research found there was a lack of community services/supports available and organizations offering these services and supports did not work well together. The aim of this study is to identify current services/supports for adults 50 and over with a mental health concern in the South Okanagan and to understand how organizations offering these services/supports work together. Through interviews and focus groups we will develop a comprehensive list of services/supports available for our target population. We will also determine the linkages and the strength between organizations through a specialized technique referred to as social network analysis. Our partner will receive a listing of services/supports available in the South Okanagan and have opportunities to network with community organization representatives.
BC Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch
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