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1 year of mental health resources for youth in Kelowna

Kelowna Capital News - 11/1/2023

This Space Belongs to You, a mental health organization dedicated to helping queer and marginalized youth find success and happiness, is inviting the community to come together to celebrate one year of operation.

The one-year milestone event will be held at Sprout Bread on November 2, at 5:30 p.m. and will feature music, art and a celebration of unity, said Meaghan Duckett, founder and executive director of This Space Belongs To You.

Musicians Deepak Bhatti and Mabaleka will be performing and vibes will be curated by Mimi Mutahi.

This Space Belongs to You is a IBPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ mental health-centred organization that works to support youth ages 12 to 24.

Duckett said that the organization is dedicated to providing safe, inclusive spaces and resources for youth across the Okanagan.

Currently, This Space offers free one-on-one counselling, group programming and a gender-affirming wear program for youth in the community. To learn more about This Space Belongs to You or to access the services, visit thisspacebelongstoyou.com.

The mental health focused non-profit organization is also providing support for Sikh youth at the Gurdwara Vernon Sikh Temple from November 5, until January 21, in response to recent acts of violence against young Sikh people in the Okanagan.

At the one-year celebration event, This Space will be offering sponsorship opportunities to local businesses. The sponsorship will be used to help This Space Belongs to You continue realizing its mission of supporting the well-being of IBPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ young people.

To purchase tickets for the event, visit the This Space One Year Celebration page on eventbrite.ca.