There are numerous mental health and substance use related services and resources available to British Columbians, below is a short list of these resources.
To search for all available services in the province, use the FIND Services and Resources Directory.
Your Health Authority
To learn more about mental health or substance use related information and services in your area, visit your Health Authority website listed below.
- First Nations Health Authority: Mental Wellness and Substance Use
- Fraser Health: Mental Health and Substance Use
- Interior Health: Mental Health and Substance Use
- Island Health: Mental Health and Substance Use
- Northern Health: About Mental Health & Addiction Services
- Provincial Health Services Authority: BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services
- Vancouver Coastal Health: Mental Health and Substance Use
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.
The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC (Crisis Centre) is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis. Their services include a 24/7 distress phone line, online distress services, and community education. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE).
HeretoHelp provides information related to mental health and substance use. Their website includes personal stories, self-help resources, and information about getting help now.
Heads Up Guys
Heads Up Guys is based out of the University of British Columbia and is part of the Men’s Depression and Suicide Network, a Canada-wide initiative to develop resources, services, and programs to improve the mental health and well-being of men. Their website provides information, tips, and advice to support men in their fight against depression.
Developed by Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care, MindHealthBC provides easy access to information and resources related to mental health and substance use conditions. Visit their website to find help for yourself or to help someone you know.
Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service
Call 1-800-663-1441 (toll-free in B.C.) or 604-660-9382 (in the Lower Mainland) to find resources and support. They can refer you to services across the province.
Websites for Children, Teens, and their Families
BC Children's Hospital - Mental Health Services
Mental health services at BC Children's Hospital provides phychiatric assessment, short-term individual, family and group treatment, and medication review.
BC FRIENDS for Life
The BC FRIENDS program, sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), is a school-based, anxiety prevention and resiliency program. The program provides students with life skills that will strengthen resiliency and reduce the risk of developing an anxiety problem. Programs are available for kindergarten and grade 1, grade 4 and 5, and grade 6 and 7.
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.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a toll-free, 24-hour, phone counselling, web counselling, and referral service for children and youth. The service is completely anonymous and confidential. To speak to a counsellor, call 1-800-668-6868.
mindcheck.ca helps young people identify and understand the mental distress they may be experiencing and to link them to the skills and strategies they need to manage these problems.
Tools and Apps
Dealing with Depression (DWD)
DWD is for teens who have been coping with depressed mood. It teaches a set of skills you can apply to your own life to overcome depression.
Developed by BC Children's Hospital, Stresslr is a free web app that provides a fun and engaging way for children ages 9 to 11 to understand what causes them stress, how they react to it, and to develop healthy strategies to cope with stress in their everyday lives.
Last Reviewed: September 2016