B.C. Mental Health Resources
Vancouver. Surrey. Burnaby. Richmond. Abbotsford. Coquitlam. Kelowna. And Beyond.
For an extensive list of mental health and addiction resources in Vancouver visit: HealthLink BC
9-1-1 if you are in an emergency.
(if you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone’s safety)
Kids Help Phone
The Kids Help Phone is a counselling, referral and support service for children and youth under the age of 20 years old. Professional counsellors provide immediate and caring support to young people who are dealing with a problem, making a hard decision, or concerned with feelings or mood. The service is free, confidential, anonymous and available 24 hours a day.
- Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 provides kids and teens access to a professional counsellor by phone to discuss their issue or concern 24 hours a day.
- Kids Help Phone provides online information and services in a format (design and language) aimed at kids and teens. Topics covered include being me, bullying, dating, emotional health, family, feelings, friendship, the Internet, LGBTQ, money, my body, physical health, school, sexting, violence and abuse.
- Kids Help Phone – Live Chat Counselling provides kids and teens the opportunity to chat online, one-on-one with a professional counsellor. Chat services can be accessed from computer, smartphone or tablet. In British Columbia, chat is available Wednesday to Sunday, from 3pm to 11pm Pacific Standard Time.
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC
The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC (Crisis Centre) is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to helping people help themselves and deal with crisis. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week the Crisis Centre provides emotional support to youth, adults and seniors in distress.
The Crisis Centre also provides workshops about mental and emotional wellness. Workshops are available in formats focused towards seniors, youth, schools, suicide prevention training and mindfulness self-care.
- 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433): for individuals who are or know someone who is having thoughts of suicide. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in up to 140 languages. Operated in partnership with Crisis Line Association of BC.
- Seniors Distress Line: seniors in British Columbia can call 604-872-1234 for telephone support from a trained volunteer at the Crisis Centre on topics specific to older adults. Topics may include suicide, retirement, stress, relocation, loss of a loved one, physical or mental health issues, emotional support, or help working through a problem. The Seniors Distress Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in up to 140 languages.
- Youth in BC: online crisis service for youth (up to 25 years of age) to chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Crisis Centre. A range of topics can be discussed such as suicide, sexuality, depression, stress, and relationships. Youth in BC online chat is available from noon to 1am daily.
- Crisis Centre Chat: online crisis service for adults (older than 25 years) to chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Crisis Centre. A range of topics can be discussed such as suicide, mental illness, stress, physical health, work, relationship conflicts, parenting, caregiving, and other family issues. Crisis Centre Chat is available from noon to 1am daily.
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), provides a range of specialized mental health and substance use services for adults across the province.
Bounce Back is led by the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Their program is designed to help adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood, or stress, with or without anxiety.
HeretoHelp provides information related to mental health and substance use. Their website includes personal stories, self-help resources and information about getting help now.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources and peer support to children, youth and their families from across B.C. Contact the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre toll-free anywhere in B.C. by phone (1-800-665-1822), email (email@example.com), or in person at BC Children’s Hospital.
Anxiety Canada is a non-profit organization which provides self-help, peer reviewed and trusted resources on anxiety. Online resources include educational videos on YouTube, information exchange on Facebook, downloadable articles and resources, and the free and widely popular Mindshift App. Anxiety Canada self-help resources are written specifically for children, youth, adults, parents, and individuals to support anxiety management. Anxiety Canada also offers information on anxiety in youth , and an Anxiety Canada Blog.
Early Psychosis Intervention
Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) is an online resource designed to help individuals and families understand psychosis, the importance of early intervention, and find information or services on age-appropriate and stage-appropriate treatments. The Dealing with Psychosis Toolkit (DWP) provides information and ideas on how to manage many of the common concerns and decisions individuals with psychosis experience. This toolkit and the information online does not replace treatment by a health professional.
The EPI website is a project of Fraser Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, Northern Health Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and Vancouver Island Health Authority.
Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDABC) is a non-profit organization that provides treatment, support, education, and hope of recovery for people living with a mood disorder. They serve to build awareness and understanding in communities throughout the province, reaching out to as many people as possible.
MDABC has numerous resources available online including a speaker’s bureau, family and senior’s resources, educational videos and the moodsmart blog. Services available in person in various locations across the province include an Adult Psychiatric Clinic, Psychoeducational Groups, Counselling, Wellness Groups and Workshops, and Support Groups.
Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service
Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service (ADIRS) provides free, confidential information and referral services to British Columbians in need of support with any kind of substance use issue (alcohol or other drugs). Referral to community substance use treatment services is available for all ages. Information available from ADIRS includes prevention resources, support groups, and addiction related topics such as fetal alcohol syndrome.
Contact ADIRS toll-free at 1 800 663-1441, or in the lower mainland at 604 660-9382. Free, multilingual telephone assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Funded by the Ministry of Health, and provided by BC 2-1-1.