Supporting people living with mental illness to lead healthier lives by:
- Providing Housing, employment, advocacy and support services
- Raising awareness of mental health issues and breaking down barriers
- Promoting the inclusion of people living with mental illness in all aspects of society
The Kettle provides over 3,600 individuals with 26 services, a mental health drop-in, a transition house for women and over 200 units of supported housing.
The Kettle is committed to practical and non-judgemental harm reduction strategies in all its work, as it has been for over 35 years.
The Kettle has a holistic approach that views physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life as interconnected and equally important.
How It All Began
On July 19, 1976, a group of 20 concerned individuals prepared a brief addressing the need to develop a support service for individuals who were or had been receiving psychiatric treatment in the community.
The mandate of this group was to provide “care” as a complement to existing treatment facilities by attempting to enrich lives, broaden personal and social horizons and encourage participation in community life. It was intended to offer a low key, softly directed social, recreational and life skills program. The contribution of literally hundreds of members, board of directors, staff, volunteers and community ” friends” nurtured this dream into a remarkable reality.
Where The Kettle Name Came From
Gathered in the living room in a home in Kitsilano, a group of volunteers decided to form a non-profit society to provide support services to people with mental health disabilities. One of the first tasks at hand was to come up with a name. While tea was being prepared, the members brainstormed shouting out ideas. “Kettle!” someone then yelled, to indicate that the water was boiling on the stove in the kitchen.
When all the ideas were gathered, the recorder read back the suggestions. Much to everyone’s amusement, “Kettle” made the list. But upon serious reflection the volunteers realized that perhaps a kettle was an appropriate image. In a culture where so much revolves around socializing with a cup of coffee or tea, it was an ideal symbol for what the society was all about. It was about friendship. It was about caring. It was about family belonging and sharing.
It was unanimous. The Kettle Friendship Society was born!