Live Panel Discussion: Winter Edition

Anyone – Online

At Discovery College, we know winter and the holiday season can be challenging and can have an impact on our mental health for many reasons. Whether you are experiencing the winter blues, S.A.D, feeling the stress and pressure of the festivities, adapting to change, grief, loneliness or more,  we hope this online session will provide educational support for your mental health and wellness. 

The Live Panel Discussion: Winter Edition provides a space for us to come together as a community to learn how to best support ourselves, open up the conversation about mental health, supporting loved ones, winter well-being tips and more. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive informed answers from the panel of Discovery College experts – both experts by experience and experts by profession. 

Our Live Panel Discussion: Winter Edition will begin with 30 minutes of group learning followed by opening to the group and panel to answer questions and have further discussion. You can choose to join us online to ask the panel your questions or just join to listen and learn a new well-being tool or two!

Who is going to be on the panel?

  • Olivia is the Lead for Peer Practice at CMHA Kelowna. She is passionate about community education and advocates strongly for the inclusion of lived/living experience in informing organisations and programs.   
  • Melody is a Family Navigator at Foundry Kelowna, She is passionate about the work she does with parent and family caregivers and believes in supporting the whole family not only  the loved one who is struggling with mental health and or addiction. She has lived experience and has worked in social services, adult youth and counselling  private practice.
  • Scott is a social worker who works as a counsellor for the CMHA Kelowna Virtual Counselling Program.  He’s passionate about encouraging folks to uncover their authenticity through self-compassion, and developing a new life after surviving trauma.
  • Lori currently volunteers as a Peer Supporter for CMHA and has been doing so for 6 years now. With lived experience with Mental Health and addictions, she also works in the community with others who have similar concerns. She has been actively  involved in self betterment for most of her adult life, and continually works at this.
  • Karen is a retired communications professional and part-time business owner. Karen experienced post-natal depression after the birth of her second child, which later morphed into life-long chronic depression and anxiety. She is excited to share what’s worked for her in coping and managing, in the hope that others may learn from her journey.

What to expect:
  • Online Zoom session
  • 1 session, 1hr 30 minutes long
  • Start of the session will involve some group learning before opening up for questions and discussion.
  • Opportunity to ask mental health and well-being questions or join to listen and learn new well-being tools.
  • Options to submit your questions ahead of time and/or ask questions during the session.
  • Instructions on how to join sent to your email before the session begins.

Live Panel Discussion: Winter Edition

Monday, 7th December

START: 1pm (PT)




Additional Resources and Supports:

  • Sharing Christmas Program: If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stretched financially for your holiday dinner and gifts for your children, The Salvation Army Kelowna runs a low barrier program to support your needs. You can find out more and apply for support here.
  • Free Counselling: If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need more support, CMHA Kelowna provides free virtual counselling. To find out more click here
  • Grief support in the holiday season: Grief and loss can be especially hard during the holidays, Canadian Virtual Hospice provides supportive information on coping with this as well as online Discussion Forums where you can anonymously submit your thoughts and feelings. To find out more click here
  • Crisis phone numbers: If you feel overwhelmed or in crisis at any time, call the Canadian-wide crisis phone number at 1-833-456-4566.