Minister’s statement on mental-health supports for the holiday season (


The vacation season is a time to take pleasure in and have fun, and it’s additionally a time to take care of your psychological well being and the psychological well being of these near you. If you happen to want assist in the course of the holidays, or any time of the 12 months, attain out. Assist is out there.

Psychological-health and substance-use helps for everybody:

  • Province of B.C. digital mental-health helps web page:
  • B.C. mental-health assist cellphone line: For twenty-four/7 confidential assist, name 310-6789 (no space code wanted).
  • Counselling and mental-health companies: Free or low-cost counselling is supplied via 49 community-based organizations in all elements of B.C. Discover a corporation close to you:
  • BounceBack: Free on-line, video and phone-based skills-building program for seniors, adults and youth (13 and older) who’re experiencing low moods, mild-to-moderate melancholy, nervousness, stress or fear:
  • Disaster Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre: Confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional assist for folks experiencing emotions of misery or despair, together with ideas of suicide. Name 1 800-SUICIDE (784-2433), or go to:
  • First Nations Digital Physician of the Day: Name 1 855 344-3800 to e-book an appointment. Digital medical doctors can present referrals to the First Nations Digital Substance Use and Psychiatry Service.
  • The KUU-US Disaster Response Service: 24/7, culturally conscious disaster assist for Indigenous folks in British Columbia. Name 1 800 588-8717, or go to:
  • Alcohol and Drug Info and Referral Service: Name to seek out sources, helps and referrals, toll-free: 1 800 663-1441; or on the Decrease Mainland: 604 660-9382.
  • LifeGuard App: The app makes use of a 50-second timer that’s activated by the one who is utilizing medication earlier than they take their dose. If the person doesn’t cease the timer alarm, a text-to-voice name will go straight to 911 and alert medical dispatchers of a possible overdose. Obtain at:
  • Province of B.C. trusted information to discovering the best info and companies on-line: For mental-health and substance-use challenges:

Psychological-health and substance-use helps for youth, younger adults and households:

  • Foundry Digital: Provincewide digital companies for younger folks 12-24 and their caregivers with drop-in or scheduled digital counselling appointments, peer assist, youth teams or caregiver teams through Foundry BC app, chat, voice or video calls. All companies are free and confidential. Name 1 833 FOUNDRY (308-6379), or go to:
  • Here2Talk: Confidential, free counselling and referral companies by app, cellphone or on-line chat for all registered post-secondary college students, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Name 1 877 857-3397, or 1 604 642-5212 if you’re a scholar calling from exterior of Canada (worldwide calling costs might apply):
  • We Are Indigenous: Massive Worries/Fears, Mum or dad/Caregiver Help Program: Culturally grounded mental-wellness helps for Indigenous households with youngsters three to 12 who’re experiencing huge worries and fears:
  • Ministry of Youngsters and Household Growth: Helps all youngsters, youth and households in British Columbia to stay secure and wholesome lives, and offers applications and companies to assist little one and youth psychological well being. Discover a little one and youth psychological well being consumption clinic close to you:
  • EASE (On a regular basis Nervousness Methods for Educators) At Dwelling: Free nervousness actions and sources for B.C. mother and father, caregivers and households to assist youngsters’s psychological well being. View or obtain actions for kindergarten to Grade 7:; or for grades 8-12:
  • Children Assist Telephone: 24/7, quick counselling, assist, info and referrals. Youth can name 1 800 668-6868 or textual content ‘TALK’ to 686868. Texting assist for adults is out there by texting ‘TALK’ to 741741. Go to on-line:
  • Kelty Psychological Well being Useful resource Centre: Free mental-health and substance-use info, sources and peer assist for B.C. mother and father, caregivers and households of youngsters and youth. Name 1 800 665-1822, or go to:
  • FamilySmart: Gives health-care system navigation for mental-health companies, dad or mum peer assist, mentorship and entry to info, sources and networks:

Helps for seniors:

  • BC211: Telephone or textual content 211 if you’re a senior in search of assist or if you want to volunteer to assist seniors, together with digital or phone visits:

Helps for front-line employees:

  • Care to Converse: Peer assist for B.C. health-care employees. Name 1 866 802-7337 (PEER) or entry on-line chat assist:
  • Look after Caregivers: Psychological-health assist for health-care suppliers, together with trusted info, free workshops to assist staff and fast each day coping suggestions.
  • Cellular Response Crew (MRT): Psychological-health assist for health-care employees in long-term care amenities and people engaged on the frontlines of the overdose public well being emergency. Name 1 888 686-3022, or electronic mail: [email protected]
  • On-line mental-health hub: Gives info, webinars and workshops to assist staff handle stress and construct resilience:


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