MENTAL HEALTH AND SUPPORT RESOURCES
The following is a list of low cost or subsidized resources available within the Vancouver area
Vancouver Crisis Centre
Business Phone: 604-872-1811
Distress Phone Lines:
Mental Health Support Line (BC-wide) 310-6789
Seniors’ Distress Line 604-872-1234
Canada-Wide Crisis Services:
Call 1-833-456-4566 OR Text 45645
Online Chat Services:
For Youth www.YouthInBC.com
First Nations and Inuit Help Line and Chat - 24/7 Support
S.A.F.E.R. (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education & Research)
Vancouver residents: People age 19 and over who have made a suicide attempt, are currently suicidal, or have suicidal ideation, and are assessed as fitting program criteria, can receive free individual counselling, advocacy, and hospital liaison. Also provides up to three one-on-one psychoeducational sessions to people concerned about suicide in a significant other. Anyone with concerns related to suicide can speak with an intake worker 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW)
VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.
Mental Health Services
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division
Promotes mental health awareness and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. They provide information resources, educational events, direct services, and research and advocacy.
Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
Provides support and education for those struggling with mood disorders and their families. In addition MDABC provides a rapid mental health assessment walk-in clinic (doctors referral needed) for individuals requiring needing quick access to psychiatric assessment services. Follow up is offered in the form of psycho-educational groups facilitated by doctors.
Phone: 604-873-0103 | www.mdabc.net
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) free online program created by a fully certified MBSR instructor
Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in six communities across BC. https://foundrybc.ca/
BC Bereavement Helpline
Online resources and support groups. Calls are free, confidential, and anonymous and can direct you to grief support in your community. Phone: 604-738-9950 or 1-877-779-2223 | www.bcbh.ca
An organization providing counselling, advocacy, research, and education services to families experiencing the death of a child | www.missfoundation.org/
BC NurseLine – 24 hours a day
Puts you in touch with an RN who will answer your medical questions about symptoms, medications, health concerns, and health resources. Pharmacist available 5pm-9am Mon- Fri. Available in over 130 languages.
Toll free in BC:1-866-215- 4700 or Vancouver: 604- 215-4700
Dial –A- Dietician
Provides quality, reliable nutrition services and resource information to British Columbians in 130 languages
toll free in BC: 1-800-667- 3438 or Vancouver 604-732- 9191
hours of operation: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00 pm
BC Health Guide
A variety of web-based info, including the health guide online. Search topic areas include: healthy living, family child and youth health, women’s health, men’s health, senior’s health, aboriginal health, multicultural health, community supports, health tools, Ministry of Health, BC Health Authority, BC Centre for Disease Control
Non-profit organization that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. Provide a safer space for LGBTQ/2S people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included.
Address: 1170 Bute Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1Z6 | Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm
Phone: 604 684-5307 ext. 100 | Website: qmunity.ca
Pacifica Treatment Centre
Provides three levels of in-patient substance addiction treatment – Level I Stabilization, Level II Intensive Therapy, Level III Transition & Re-entry. The co-ed facility aims to promote health and recovery from addiction through treatment, education and support that strengthens individuals, families and communities.
Central Access – Detox Referral Line
Links people to detox and addiction housing services. Adults who require detoxification receive immediate screening by health care workers, who set up appointment times with the provider that most suits a client’s needs. Will accept methadone-using clients wanting to withdraw from other substances.
Toll Free 1-866-658-1221
Confidential help line, multi-lingual | BC Phone line: 1-888-795-6111 |
BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse The BCSMSSA is a non-profit society established to provide therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.Phone: 604-682-6482 http://bc-malesurvivors.com/site/
Sexual Health Resources
Options for Sexual Health
Non-profit provider of sexual health services through clinics, advocacy, education programs, and the 1-800 SEX SENSE information and referral line.
Sexual Health Rehabilitation Service
An opportunity for individuals with a physical disability and their partners or families to express their concerns about sexual health as well as to receive information.
4255 Laurel Street (GF Strong Rehab Centre), Vancouver
A Canadian website that offers sexual advice for teens, parents, teachers, and health care professionals.
Support Services for Seniors
Home and Community Care
Publicly subsidized home and community care services provide a range of health care and support services for people who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health-care needs. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/home-community-care
Better At Home
Volunteers and paid staff from local non-profit organizations provide Better at Home services. By helping seniors remain at home longer, they support a diverse, inclusive and vibrant neighbourhood for everyone. They provide a range of non-medical home support services that vary from community to community and are designed to complement existing services and are based on the unique needs of local seniors. www.betterathome.ca
- Friendly visiting
- Light yard work
- Minor home repairs
- Light housekeeping
- Grocery shopping
- Snow shoveling
Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Condition Course – Free
Free 6 week courses on various chronic pain conditions – Offered though the Centre on Aging, UVIC, funded through BC Ministry of Health. Offered at various cities throughout the province – Course teaches skills such as: developing a suitable exercise program, cognitive symptom management, nutrition management, use of medications, breathing exercises, problem solving, communicating with family, friends and health care providers, dealing with emotions such as anger and depression.
Karen Hannah, Program Coordinator
1-866-902-3767 or email@example.com
Caregiver Relief / Respite
Respite care can give the caregiver temporary relief from the emotional and physical demands of caring for a friend or family member. Respite may take form of service in client’s home, or client maybe admitted on a short-term basis to a residential care facility, hospice or other community care setting.
Parkinson Society British Columbia
Parkinson Society British Columbia is here to help people with Parkinson's and the people who care about them by providing support services including information and resources, education and consultation.
Toll-Free: 1-800-668-3330 / www.parkinson.bc.ca
The Alzheimer Society is the leading not-for-profit health organization working nationwide to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and advance the search for the cause and cure. Active in communities right across Canada, the Society has programs and services near you.
Toll-Free: 1- 800-616-8816 / www.alzheimer.ca
WorkBC Employment Services Centres support you in finding a job and keeping it. Services are available to all unemployed British Columbians legally eligible to work in B.C. - www.workbc.ca
Immigration and Refugee Services
Multiple locations across BC. A non-profit service agency, which serves diverse communities in BC and strives to encourage Canadians and immigrants to overcome language and cultural barriers, achieve self-reliance, and contribute fully to Canadian society.
28 Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Mosaic Interpretation and Translation Services
A multilingual non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in their settlement and integration into Canadian society .
1720 Grant Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, BC
Credit Counselling Society Providing Free Credit Counselling, Budgeting Help and Planning for Debt Repayment. Phone: 1-888-527-8999 www.nomoredebts.org