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Many young moms and dads who seek assistance at the Pregnancy Care Centre of Kamloops have lacked basic role models in their early developmental years, and would greatly benefit from a mentorship program in order to assimilate necessary life skills and proper communication methods. We offer Teen Mothers (Women/female/girls) and Empowering Dads for YOU (Men/male/guys) mentorship programs. We are presently interviewing ‘active senior mentors’ to share their life experiences and volunteer to partner with our clients – helping them to develop stronger families. Dynamic interpersonal sessions will be providing meaningful volunteer work for the growing 55+ population and support for at-risk youth. We aim to change the cycle of youth pregnancy and young parenthood. Since the Pregnancy Care Centre of Kamloops opened, it has provided aid to hundreds of clients. A pattern of risky behaviour results in history repeating itself. Those from a challenged background of abuse, poor judgement and low esteem need models to follow. Who better than a trained mentor who can share a life time of experiences with young people just beginning the complicated obligations of parenting and family life!. The Pregnancy Care Centre began in 2007 when a small group of local residents realized a lack of services and supports for women who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy in the Kamloops area. Since that time, we have evolved into a vibrant Centre with services offered five days a week. A Board of Directors governs the Centre, an Executive Director and a Client Services Coordinator direct the day-to-day operations. Our faith-based society has gained respect within Kamloops’ health care, school counsellors, social services and other helping agencies that work with all who struggle with one of the toughest decisions of their lives. Much of the population we work with are young women between the ages of 14 to 25. Many of these women are isolated and scared, without resources and strong family support. The Centre offers five days a week of peer-driven programming and counseling by trained volunteers. All services are free of charged, paid for by donations from individual supporters. We have volunteers who meet with the client offering unconditional support in a safe non-judgmental environment and additional volunteers who answer our 24/7 crisis line ensuring a caring volunteer will help to give the client immediate support and encourage them to come to the Centre for help. The Centre works collaboratively with other professional services in town. The success of this approach is reflected in referrals to and from the Centre with other agencies who can meet a specific need for the client. Some of the agencies we work with are: Babies Head Start, ASK Wellness Centre, Interior Health / Mental Health, White Buffalo Aboriginal Health, Salvation Army Family Services, Mothers for Recovery, Kamloops Food Bank and Friendship Centre. All parents want to do what is best for their child. Through a mentoring program, young parents who may be starting from a deficit situation, will have the gift of the wisdom of their elders. Other programs offered by the Kamloops Pregnancy Care Centre Society are: pregnancy tests, options information regarding parenting, adoption or termination, prenatal classes, birthmother support, pregnancy or infant loss counselling, post-abortion grief counselling addressing depression, guilt, healing and forgiveness, ongoing material help, community referals, and a Sex, Dating and Relating in local schools. Clients will find unconditional love, care, friendship and help at the centre.

"Some react to abortion with relief while others may experience negative disturbances"

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Post Abortion Grief Counselling.

If you or someone you know has had an abortion, recently or years ago, they may be facing difficult emotions and challenges. We are a safe place for healing support.

Contact us to find out more if you or someone you care about is experiencing one or more of these symptoms:
• Sadness
• Guilt
• Compulsion to conceal an abortion
• Low self-esteem
• Depression
• Irritability
• Emotional numbness
• Shame
• Prolonged grief/frequent crying
• Anxiety
• Anniversary grief
• Suicidal thoughts
• Nightmares or flashbacks
• Self-destructive behaviour
• Alcohol or drug abuse
• Relationship avoidance or struggles with intimacy
• Physical and emotional reaction at the mention of abortion
• Anxiety over fertility and childbearing issues

Some react to abortion with relief while others may experience negative emotions. Some feelings display immediately, others may occur years later. Some behaviours may not appear to be associated with the abortion at all. Recent research demonstrates that abortion can be responsible for longterm emotional disturbances, referred to as Post Abortion Stress.

Women who seek Post Abortion Recovery counselling wish to resolve feelings of guilt, anxiety and depression. They may have secondary symptoms such as addictions, eating disorders, self harm, anniversary syndrome, inability to feel forgiven by God, preoccupation with becoming pregnant again and interruption of bonding with own children.

If abortion is still on your mind and heart, no matter how long ago it happened, we would like to help you heal and move on to a happier future. Our trained and experienced post-abortion peer counsellors can help you. Our Post-Abortion Recovery program can help you move from pain and loss to closure of your abortion experience. Since abortion trauma can affect entire families, our counselling service makes it possible to have hope for the future of your whole family.

Contact us to schedule an appointment with a trained post-abortion peer counsellor. All calls and counselling are free and confidential. Our Post-Abortion Recovery Program is an eight week individual program.