Mental Health resources
Wellness Together Canada Accessed through a web browser or a mobile app, the platform is a source of credible information and provides opportunities for self-assessment, as well as connecting confidentially through phone or chat with various professionals. This effort is a partnership between Stepped Care Solutions, Kids Help Phone, Homewood Health, Greenspace Health, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Canadian Psychological Association. https://ca.portal.gs/
Canadian Mental Health Association– New online resources, including counselling, have become available, while other programs are in the works and due to be launched soon.
Bounce Back – a self-directed, free, online course from the Canadian Mental Health Association to help people manage low mood, stress, and anxiety.
Psychological First Aid –B.C.’s registered psychologists are offering free “Psychological First Aid” during coronavirus pandemic.
Online Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practice Every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Community drop-in sessions, with with local therapists and trained teachers.
Fun for Life GO combines ideas from the City’s experts in fitness, programming for children and older adults, and outdoor recreation, with links to other helpful resources. Staff from the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre are creating videos from home to stay connected with residents while recreation facilities remain closed.
Youth & Kids
Here2Talk, a new, free mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students.
YouthSpace Online crisis & emotional support chat without judgement. Confidential & anonymous, for folks under 25 years of age.
Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC.
WE Schools @home offers free online tools and resources to complement and support at-home learning. Developed for Grades K through 12, this weekly lesson package includes interactive and experiential curriculum-based resources, materials and lesson plans with an emphasis on well-being, social and emotional learning, service-learning and fostering resiliency
ShelterSafe an online resource to help women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map will serve as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support. https://www.sheltersafe.ca/
Island Crisis Line If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.
VictimLinkBC Victims of family and sexual violence can find support online:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/priority-populations/people-who-may-be-or-are-experiencing-violence Or by calling 1 800 563-0808
Women’s Support Services Victims of family and sexual violence can find support online: https://www.bwss.org/ Or by calling 1 855 687-1868 or texting 604 652-1867