MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES
Supporting your mental health is important to us but sometimes you may need more help than we can provide - and that's okay! If you are struggling and need someone to talk to immediately, please phone 310-Mental Health (310-6789) - no area code is required. They are open 24/7/365 to provide emotional support and local mental health resources. In addition, The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC hotline is available 24/7/365 at 1-800-784-2433 or you can visit their website by clicking the link below:
MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
Resources for all ages to encourage mental and physical well-being during this stressful time.
COSMIC KIDS YOGA
A YouTube channel offering free and engaging yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids. Interactive adventures (ie. Frozen or Trolls themed yoga stories) build strength, balance and confidence - and get kids into yoga and mindfulness early! All videos can be streamed commercial free through https://cosmickids.vhx.tv (secret codeword: Namaste!)
YMCA TEEN MINDFULNESS ONLINE COURSE
Teen Mindfulness is a free online six-week Y Mind program delivered across BC. This program supports teens ages 13 to 17 who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety to learn and practice evidence-based strategies to cope with stress and anxiety. Teen Mindfulness is led by trained mental health professionals and gives teens the chance to connect with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.
YMCA YOUTH MINDFULNESS ONLINE COURSE
Youth Mindfulness is a free seven-week Y Mind online program delivered across BC. Youth Mindfulness supports people ages 18-30 who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety to learn and practice evidence-based strategies to increase coping. This group is led by trained mental health professionals and gives young adults the chance to connect with others who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.
LOCAL VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
The following services are primarily for adults (19+), with a select few offering services to older teens (15+). For child & adolescent mental health resources, please visit our “Children Requiring Extra Support” page via the link below:
KELTY'S KEY: ONLINE THERAPY FOR MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE
Free weekly, structured online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic, insomnia, chronic pain, complicated grief, and substance use. Services are available for individuals ages 16+ who have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet. Services only offered in English and are 8 weeks in duration.
The Dan’s Legacy Foundation provides therapeutic counselling and life-skills intervention programs to youth battling mental health and addictions issues resulting from childhood trauma and abuse. These young people, aged 15 to 25, are at significant risk of overdose, self-harm, homelessness and suicide. As the focus of the organization’s programs is on Harm Prevention, the threat of living with entrenched addictions is greatly reduced. In the past three years Dan’s Legacy has helped over 150 youth meet their educational, housing and life-goals.
BounceBack™ provides free access to online, video and phone-based coaching and skills-building programs. Seniors, adults and youth (15+) who are experiencing low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, or worry, can receive care.
GOVERNMENT OF BC: A GUIDE TO VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS DURING COVID-19
BC seniors, adults, youth and frontline health care workers experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic can get help through virtual services. This is a “master list” - some of these supports are already listed in this document.
BCPA COVID-19 PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID SERVICE
The BC Psychological Association and the University of British Columbia are supporting BC residents (19+) struggling with stress, anxiety, or uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This service provides up to a 30 minute telephone consultation that can help you learn new coping strategies and gather reliable information on COVID-19. The primary aim of this initiative is to support those who typically cope well with daily life but are currently feeling overwhelmed.
A guide to various virtual mental health and wellness supports for children, youth, adults, older adults, and Indigenous communities in BC.
PEAK RESILIENCE COUNSELLING
Tools and self-knowledge to manage emotions, overcome anxiety and depression, achieve your goals and see the world in a new perspective. Access their fee-for-service individual online counselling or join their FREE COVID-19 support group.
CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
A master list of free and low cost programs in BC that offer virtual counselling services.
OTHER ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES
General resources, online support groups and virtual counselling services from national and international organizations for mental health.
ANXIETY CANADA: #OURANXIETYSTORIES
A series of live Town Halls, and articles on coping with COVID-19 inspired anxiety. Viewers get the facts on anxiety and learn about proven coping strategies from an international panel of anxiety experts.
YOUR LIFE COUNTS
This organization supports individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts as well as survivors of prior suicide attempts. Their “Online Lifeline” and extensive resources reconnect people with hope and their reasons to live.
CENTRE FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH
Strategies to maintain your mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TURN2ME ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP
Free online support groups for individuals struggling with anxiety, suicidal thoughts and feelings, depression, stress, and other mental health issues. Available to everyone but an account must be created and sessions must be pre-booked.