In the Callanish film "I’m Still Here," you will meet six younger adults from our community. Only 2% of all cancer diagnoses a year occur in younger adults (19–40'ish years old), and as a result, they often feel quite isolated and alone in their experiences. There is still very little understanding and support available specifically for these younger adults, so in response, Callanish developed the Young Adult Cancer Network (YACN), which provides support groups, retreats, and individual counselling and art therapy tailored to the unique needs of this group. The YACN currently has over 70 members.
"Finding Callanish and YACN was incredibly comforting and helped me breathe more easily. The love, support and camaraderie YACN offers have been instrumental in my own healing."
— Callanish younger adult community member
Monthly Younger Adult Support Circle
This drop-in group meets monthly at Callanish in Vancouver, with upcoming meetings listed on our calendar. These meetings are an opportunity for younger adults and their supporters to share their feelings, thoughts and fears in a safe and mutually-respectful environment, all with an NPP philosophy: "no pressure to participate." People are free to share as little or as much as they want.
Retreats for Younger Adults
Adults of any age can attend our Callanish retreats; however, at least once a year we organize a retreat exclusively for younger adults. Please contact us to learn about upcoming dates.
Callanish in Vancouver
Younger adults can also take part in all programs at Callanish in Vancouver, including counseling services, therapeutic yoga, massage therapy, art therapy and more—all available by donation or on a sliding scale. Among these, there are sometimes activities organized specifically for younger adults. Please contact us and see our calendar for more information.
It is our goal to connect younger adults with each other and with the resources available to them. Our Resource Guide: For Younger Adults Living with Cancer and their Supporters lists additional services, reference materials and support networks—exploring issues from fertility to explaining cancer to children.