Resources for Mental Health Support:
Moving Forward Family Services
Accessible, low or no cost counselling services. Counselling isn't necessarily something everyone can afford. However, Moving Forward Family Services has amazing registered clinical counsellors that have a low and no cost option for people experiencing financial barriers.
Other free services:
Wellness Together Canada
Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional. Accessible 24/7 and free of charge.
Crisis text line
Text HOME to 686868 in Canada to text with a trained Crisis Responder.
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone is a service partnership between Kids Help Phone and U.S.-based crisis line and technology pioneer Crisis Text Line, providing young people in Canada with the first ever, 24/7, free nationwide texting service.
Crisis Centre (call line)
call 1-800-784-2433 or 310-6789, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free of charge.
Mental Health Information Line
24-hour emotional support line and referral information (in many different languages) Phone number: 310-6789 (no area code necessary). Free of charge.
S.A.F.E.R (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education & Research)
Here to help BC
Great resource if you need help yourself but also if you’re looking for guidance on how to support your loved ones who may be grieving.
Living Life to the Fullest
Living Life to the Full is a fun and interactive course that will help you understand your feelings, thoughts and behaviours, and what to do about them! Usually the courses are $250 to take but in response to the current mental health strain caused by COVID 19, courses are online and free of charge to BC residents.
Practicing mindfulness is also a great way to overcome anxious and unwanted thoughts. Theres are some great apps to download if you're looking for some headspace:
Some other counselling options:
Family Services of Greater Vancouver - Counselling Services
1638 E Broadway (at Commercial Drive) 604-874-2938
Adler Center: Counselling Services
440-2184 W. Broadway call: 604.742.1818 or email: email@example.com
Resources for Indigenous Folx:
First Nations Health Authority
Professional Counselors registered with the FNHA. Please call: 1-877-477-0775 to request a counselor. For immediate crisis help call, 1-800-SUICIDE
Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC
Phone: 604-985-5355 within Greater Vancouver (open during office hours) Outside the Vancouver area Toll Free: 1-877-811-1190
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society: Elder’s Wisdom Program
The Elder’s Program provides a nourishing environment for elders to apply and maintain their traditional practices in a social environment
For more information call: 604-251-4844 Ext.314 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for students:
If you’re a student needed to access resources most universities have excellent resources, programs, workshops and drop in counselling sessions that are free of charge:
Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC.
Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.
TAO is an online resource that includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. TAO Includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.
Check out their virtual programs: https://www.sfu.ca/students/health/programs.html
Check out their virtual programs: https://students.ubc.ca/health/counselling-services/group-counselling-programs
Aspiria is a free, 24/7 wellness resource for students. Services include personal counselling, life coaching, group programs and more based on your needs. This resource can help you with a wide range of concerns to support your mental, emotional, physical and financial health