Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mental Health and Crisis Help in BC

How to Get Mental Health Help for You, or a Loved One:
  • Speak to your GP/family doctor - Tell them you, or a family member, are not feeling well, mentally or emotionally.
  • Ask to be referred to a private psychiatrist - If you, or a family member, are experiencing serious mood, sleep, appetite and life functioning changes, or increased stress and anxiety that is causing concern a mental health assessment may be needed.
  • Request a referral to a community mental health team – Teams consist of psychiatrists, social workers, case managers, and nurses and they can help assess, stabilize and treat people in the community.
  • Go to your local hospital – If you, or a loved one, are in crisis, or at-risk of hurting yourself, or others, call an ambulance, or go to your local hospital. The staff are there to help.
  • If you are interested in counselling - Ask others if they know of a good counsellor.  Your GP/ family doctor may also be able to recommend someone in your area. You may want to do an internet search as there are qualified counsellors available all over B.C. 
  • Try not to feel embarrassed, or stigmatized – One in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue at some time in their life. You are not alone and there is help available.
  • Review the Mental Health Resources on this page – I know it can be difficult to know where to start so I have tried to create a list where people can start to look for resources and information in B.C.
  • Always maintain HOPE – It does not matter how bad your situation seems, stabilization, rehabilitation and recovery is possible for everyone. The majority of people with mental health issues are living healthy, stable and meaningful lives in our communities. 

Crisis and Information Services

Crisis line: If you are in distress, call 310-6789, or want information about services.

1-800-SUICIDE: If you are in distress or worried about someone else, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). It’s free and available 24 hours a day.

Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service: Call 1-800-663-1441 (toll-free in BC) or 604-660-9382 (in the Lower Mainland) to find resources and support. They can refer you to treatments and counsellors across the province.

BC Mental Health & Addiction line – 1-800-661-2121

·       9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday. Sponsored by Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division.

Fraser Health Emergency Mental Health 604-951-8855 (local) Toll Free: 1-877-820-7444

HealthLink BC: Call 811 or visit to access free, non-emergency health information. Aka BC Nurses Line.

Kids Help Phone1-800-668-6868

  •  A national, bilingual, 24-hour toll-free confidential phone counselling, referral and Internet services for children and youth or their parents in English and French. 
The Seniors' Distress Line - 604-872-1234

Service BC – 604-660-2421; 1-800-663-7867 Toll-free
  • Locate BC government programs, services and offices.

Vancouver Mental Health Emergency Services Crisis Line -– 604-874-7307


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Adult Mental Health Resources in BC

Adult Mental Health

Anxiety BC - Provides a rich resource of self-help information and programs, as well as resources for parents and caregivers.
Phone: 604-525-7566

Mood DisordersAssociation of BC604-873-0103; Toll-free 1-855-282-7979

The Seniors' Distress Line - 604-872-1234

General Mental Health Contacts

Regional Mental Health and Addiction Services for children, youth, adults, seniors and people with developmental disabilities:

Fraser Health Authority - Mental Health and Addiction Services 

Interior Health Authority – Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Northern Health Authority - Mental Health and Addiction Services

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority - Mental Health and Addiction Services

Vancouver Coastal - Mental health Intake lines

Vancouver Island Health Authority - Mental Health and Substance Use Services

VIHA – Child, Youth and Family Mental Health

General Mental Health Contacts

BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information – information, discussion forums, personal stories. 

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) – The mandate is to ensure that mental health is placed on the national agenda so that persons with a lived experience of mental illness and their families receive appropriate access to care and support.

Canadian Association For Suicide Prevention (CASP) - A Canadian nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide.

Coast Mental Health  improves the lives of people with a mental illness by providing practical and pragmatic help such as housing, jobs, community, rehabilitative social and recreational opportunities, food, clothing and basic life skills training.
Phone: 604-872-3502

Internet Mental Health  DSM-V diagnostic criteria, research, and links.

Mental Health Canada  Find a mental health professional, research and information about diagnoses, medication and more.

Mental Health Commission of Canada - a non-profit national body created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness.

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Child and Youth Mental Health Resources in BC

Child Mental Health

Kids Help Phone: 1. 800.668.6868

BC Children's Hospital - Child & Youth Mental Health program:

Specific Child & Youth Mental Health provincial programs and referral documents:

Provincial Health Services Authority – Provincial Child & Youth clinics and services


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient Programs Referral Form

Website: file:///C:/Users/tayoung/Downloads/OutpatientProgramsReferralFormAug2013.pdf

Strongest Families BC – 1-855-871-8445
  • An educational service for families of children with mild to moderate behaviour problems (ages 3 to 12) offered through the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division.

Telephone 250 387-9749                            

Dealing with Depression: Anti-Depressant Skills for Teens

Preventing Youth Suicide1-800-SUICIDE 
  • Call if you, or someone you know is in crisis.
The FORCE: Society for Kids Mental Health – provides families support, resources and advocacy to receive assistance in caring for children and youth with mental illness.
Phone: 604-878-3400 or 310-6789

Kelty Resource Centre - a provincial resource centre working to link children, youth and their families with appropriate resources in all areas of mental health and addictions.
Local Phone: 604-875-2084 Toll Free: 1-800-665-1822

Youth Mental Health

Youth in BC Distress Line - 1.866.661.3311
  • 24-Hour Distress Line staffed by counsellors and trained volunteers who are committed to helping youths in crisis.

Youth and Mental Illness: Early Intervention Canada

Here to Help: Self Help Resources for Young people & family members

Helping Overcome Psychosis Early (HOPE) - provide information about early identification and treatment of psychosis. A program for: youth living in Vancouver or Richmond, aged 13-30 and their families who are experiencing a first time problem with psychotic symptoms.
Phone: 604-225-2211

Mindcheck – Information for youth and young adults 

PsychosisSucks  – Learn about the signs and symptoms of Early Psychosis and how to get help.

Youth in BC  604-872-3311; 1-866-661-3311
  • Provides information, chat and support to youth via a 24-hour phone line.
Youthspace.- chat, forum, e-mail counsellours and youth programs and services in Victoria,BC.

Things not going well? Suicide on your mind? Feeling alone? 
Text us @ 778_783_0177

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Infant and Reproductive Mental Health Resources in BC

Infant Mental Health

Fraser Health - Infant Psychiatric Clinic - 604.585.5666 ext.778263

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) - Infant Psychiatric Clinic - 604-875-2010

Vancouver Coastal Health: Alan Cashmore Centre604-675-3996
  • Early childhood mental health services for families with infants and children under five years old.

Learn about Infant Mental Health from the Kelty Centre:
Infant Mental Health Promotion
Infant Mental Health Quick Reference Sheet
Resource list:
Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers - BC Council of Families

Reproductive Mental Health:

BC Women’s Hospital - 604-875-2025
  • The program assesses, treats and supports women and their families who are dealing with mental health disorders and psychological difficulties related to pregnancy and following the birth of their baby. 

Fraser Health Reproductive mental health program 604-582-4558 ext.763994
  • Provide assessment and consultation for reproductive mental health conditions including depression, postpartum depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), psychosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and menopause.
Vancouver Coastal Health Reproductive mental health program – 604-682-2344 ext.68589
  • Provides psychiatric care for women who have psychiatric disorders specifically related to their reproductive cycle, such as post-partum, infertility, and menopause.

© 2014. All Rights Reserved. Tracey Young. Catalyst Enterprises BC