Mental Health Resources
The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia is a non profit organization which was started in early spring of 1999 by a group of concerned consumers, family members, and professionals, who work to increase awareness about anxiety disorders; promote education of the general public, affected persons, and health care providers; and increase access to evidence-based resources and treatments. Our programs are focused on increasing awareness and promoting education and evidence-based treatments related to anxiety disorders.
Bridging the Gap, Employment Readiness for Women - Agora Employment Essentials Inc.
A positive, supportive environment for women who are survivors of violence and abuse. Our goal is to assist women to overcome barriers and help them to reconstruct their lives promoting transitions to independence.
British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (BCSS)- Educational Program
A unique program designed to help educate the public about mental illness and remove the stigma that surrounds it. What we don't know, we don't understand. Here is the key- it will open the door to a better understanding of those who live with a mental illness.
We provide presentations to the following groups:
- Third year nurses
- Financial aids workers
- Social workers
- Crisis line staff
- Lay counselling services
- Home Support Workers
- Sprott College students
- Highschool Students
- Mental health staff
- Ambulance attendants
- Family workshops
- Universities and colleges
- Public workshops
- And the community at large.
We offer Bridges a 10 week education program for people with mental illness We also host a monthly meeting for family and EVC to help people find resources
Canadian Mental Health Association
As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.
Our Vision Is Mentally Healthy People In A Healthy Society.
Child and Youth Mental Health
Provides services for youth struggling with a spectrum of mental health issues including: anxiety, conduct disorder, attention-deficit or hyperactivity, depression, panic, social phobia, substance abuse, pervasive development disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, Tourette's disorder, an eating disorder and bipolar disorder. Services offered may either be direct clinical services or a targeted community support. Direct clinical services are provided to a registered client or to others involved in direct support of this client. These services include intake, screening and referral, assessment and planning, treatment, case management, and clinical consultation. Targeted community support may include mental health consultation, program consultation, service system planning, community coordination, and education and health promotion, all targeted to children's mental health needs.
Eligibility criteria: Up to 18 years
Languages: Cantonese, English, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Vietnamese
Child and Youth Mental Health- Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre
The Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre is one part of the provincial Child and Youth Mental Health service network that provides an array of direct residential and community services for youth and their families.
The Maples is designated under the Mental Health Act as a provincial mental health facility. Through its programs and services it supports communities in caring for and treating troubled 12 to 17 year-old youth with significant psychiatric and behavioural difficulties.
Eligibility criteria: 12-17 years with psychiatric and behavioural difficulties
Early Psychosis Intervention Program
Provides single entry intake clinical services and education for youth and young adults with the intent of promoting wellness, reducing socially-isolating behaviour and restoring previous levels of functioning. Services include early detection, rapid psychosocial and psychiatric assessment, family intervention (family therapy and assessment) and group intervention (client groups, family education groups, family support groups), case management, medication management, education, stress management, relapse prevention and monitoring of youth at risk. Community education targets signs and symptoms, the benefits of early intervention, suitable treatment and referral process. Referrals accepted through one of the three central intake lines. After intake screening, cases are referred to mental health centres for ongoing direct clinical care.
Eligibility criteria: 13-30 years, Referral
Fraser East Concurrent Disorder Program
Fraser East includes the communities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope, Boston Bar and Agassiz.
We are based with the mental health teams in those regions and offer counselling services to clients of the mental health team of those regions. In Abbotsford weekly meetings will be held every Thursday from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The second point of contact is the education series we offer to anyone in these communities who are curious as to whether they have a concurrent disorder or not. They can attend any of the education group sessions to explore this issue. These are updated each month and sent out to different providers. The locations on the above attachment are set locations and don't change.
The groups offer education on concurrent disorders, along with an opportunity to get motivated to reduce or give up use of substances. If an attendee does identify with the content and want further assistance to address the issues the facilitators of the group assist in this process as well.
Fraser Health- Mental Health Centre
Mental health centres provide many services including adult community support, adult short-term assessment and treatment, community residential programs, geriatric programs, crisis intervention, day and outpatient programs, addictions counselling, concurrent disorders services, group therapy, peer support and after-hours mental health support.
They may also provide outreach programs to support and encourage youth living with a mental illness to reintegrate into available programs in the community.
Abbotsford Mental Health Office
11-32700 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 4V6
Phone: (604) 870-7800
Fax: (604) 870-7801
Here to Help
We are a group of seven leading mental health and addictions nonprofit agencies. Since 2003, we've been working together to help people better prevent and manage mental health and substance use problems.
Included in Here to Help:
- Anxiety BC
- BC Schizophrenia Society
- Canadia Mental Health Association
- Centre for Addictions Research BC
- Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality (FORCE)
- Family Services North Shore
- Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
We can offer:
- help from a professional or a parent peer support worker
- help from a professional or from a parent or youth support worker from the F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health
- information on mental health & substance use
- resources on eating disorders for all ages
- options for support & treatment in BC
- support for those struggling with mental health & substance use issues - children, youth, parents & families
- tips for self-help & prevention
- free educational events for families, educators & clinicians
Kids Help Phone-1-800-668-6868
What is Kids Help Phone?
- Call us if you want to talk
- Write to us if you have something on your mind
- You don't have to pay for our service
- We are always open
- You don't have to tell us who you are
- It's between just you and us
We're Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, referral and Internet service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide immediate, caring support to young people in urban and rural communities across the country.
Languages: English, French
KUU-US Crisis Line
KUU-US assesses a callers need based on the presenting issue, referral access and level of severity. The focus is to change the state of the caller from one of crisis at the beginning to managed problem-solving at the end. It is about being that listening, non judgmental supportive ear at the other end of the phone, to help a caller get through their crisis. This process occurs in various ways from prevention support to intervention methods. Understanding that some crisis' develop overtime, therefore establishing coping mechanisms does as well. KUU-US is unique in that we provide follow up assistance for additional support and when necessary monitors "at risk" individuals - no other centre does this. KUU-US has a vast resource of referrals as a partnering agency with provincial Mental Health Information Line network and 1-800-Suicide network.
Eligibility criteria: Aboriginal
Phone: (250) 723-4050 or (250) 723-2040
Mental Health Info Line
Provides taped information on provincial mental health programs as well as symptoms, causes, treatment, support groups and publications relating to a number of mental illnesses. This is a 24 hour line.
Phone: 1 (800) 661-2121
mindcheck.ca is a BC teen and young adult-focused interactive website where visitors can check out changes in their thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may indicate possible emerging mental health challenges and provides links to self-care resources as well as information about professional help.
Eligibility criteria: Youth with Mental Health/Addictions issues
Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
At MDABC we offer support and friendship for those with mood disorders, such as, bipolar, depression, anxiety and their supporters.
The Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDABC) is providing support, education and hope of recovery for those living with a mood disorder or other mental illness. We serve to build awareness and understanding in communities throughout the province, reaching out to as many people as possible. Join a support group, learn more about mental illness and take positive steps towards recovery. MDABC can assist you in your process.
Eligibility criteria: Living with a Mood Disorder/Mental Illness
No-Charge Psychiatric Medication Plan (Plan G)
The No-Charge Psychiatric Medication Plan (Plan G) is available to individuals of any age who are registered with a mental health services centre and who demonstrate clinical and financial need. The plan provides coverage of certain psychiatric medications.
For more information on the plan, contact your local mental health service centre, listed in the telephone directory's blue pages under "Health Authorities" or, in Vancouver and Richmond, contact Vancouver Coastal Health.
Eligibility criteria: Referral
Phone: (604) 683-7151
or 1 (800) 663-7100
Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) Assessment Clinic
The FVCDC provides assessment and diagnosis for children and youth who are experiencing complex developmental and behavioural conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). We provide these services under contract to the Provincial Health Services Authority.
The FVCDC Assessment Clinic serves children and adolescents (birth - 19 years) who reside in the communities of the Fraser Health Authority.
Children and youth who are experiencing significant difficulties in multiple areas of function. These include:
Development and learning -Mental Health and Behaviour -Adaptive and Social Skills -Exhibits unusual facial features -Suspected ASD or FASD
Eligibility criteria: Birth-19 years, experiencing complex developmental and behavioural conditions
Psychiatric Nurse Liaison Program
Provides assessments, early intervention, understanding and support and helps link individuals with community resources. Psychiatric liaison nurses/clinicians work in the emergency departments across Fraser Health with a focus on responding to the needs of individuals in crisis coming into the emergency rooms.
Eligibility criteria: Referral
Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education and Research (SAFER)
Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education and Research
Who are we?
SAFER (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education and Research) is a community-based outpatient counseling service that provides:
- Counseling for people who are feeling suicidal or have attempted suicide
- Support and education for those concerned about loved ones at risk for suicide
- Counseling for those bereaved by a suicide death
- Education, training and consultation related to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
How do we treat?
SAFER's suicide bereavement counseling is available to all B.C. residents. An intake worker is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
The FORCE Society for Kids' Mental Health - Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality
Families Organized for Recognition and Care Equality. The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health is a provincial organization that provides families with an opportunity to speak with other families who understand and may be able to offer support or advice on what has worked for them. The F.O.R.C.E. also provides families and professionals with information, tools, and tips on how to support and assist children with mental health difficulties.
Eligibility criteria: Parent of Child with Mental Illness
Youthspace.ca is an online support network for youth. We provide emotional support and crisis intervention via Chat (instant messaging), Email, a Forum and Text message! Our Chat and Text service is open from 6-11pm (PST) every day. Something on your mind? We’re here to
talk and support you without judgement.
Eligibility criteria: Youth under 30 years of age. All genders included.