BC Mental Health Resources

Resources (in Alphabetical order)

  1. ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
  2. Addiction
  3. Anxiety
  4. Autism
  5. BC Centre of Ability
  6. BC Children’s Hospital
  7. BC Nurse Line
  8. Depression
  9. Family Violence
  10. Giftedness
  11. Health Literacy
  12. Learning Disabilities
  13. Loss & Grief
  14. Mental Health & Substance Use
  15. Spiritual Direction
  16. Suicide
  17. Trauma
  18. When Something’s Wrong: Ideas for Families
  19. UBC Psycho-educational Research & Training Centre


ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder

  • CADDRA – The Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance
    CADDRA is a Canadian non-profit, multi-disciplinary alliance of healthcare professional working in the field of ADHD.  They produce the Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines – now in its 3rd edition – and assessment toolkits. CADDRA provides education, training and support on ADHD for healthcare clinicians through annual national conference, training courses and eLearning portal.
  • CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder:  www.vcn.bc.ca/chaddvan/  Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national nonprofit organization that improves the lives of people affected by ADHD through education, advocacy, and support. CHADD is in the forefront in creating and implementing programs and services in response to the needs of adults and families affected by ADHD through collaborative partnerships and advocacy, including training for parents and K-12 teachers, hosting educational webinars and workshops, being an informative clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based ADHD information, and providing information specialists to support the ADHD community.
  • CADDAC – Provides education and advocacy for individuals with ADD and ADHD across Canada
  • Funny and educational Canadian site on ADD:  www.totallyadd.com




  • Anxiety BC – Resources, Results, Relief. AnxietyBC™ provides a rich resource of self-help information and programs, as well as resources for parents and caregivers. Our mission is to increase awareness, promote education and improve access to programs that work.
  • BC Mental Health and Addiction Services — Anxiety Disorder and Depression screening tests can be found on this link.
  • Canadian Mental health Association – BC Division



  • Autism Community Training:  www.actcommunity.ca  Autism Community Training is an information and referral service that supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across British Columbia.
  • Canucks Autism Network  The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, high- quality sports, recreational, arts, and social programs for individuals and families living with autism, while spreading awareness and providing training in communities across British Columbia.


BC Centre of Abililty

  • The BC Centre for Ability provides community-based services that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families in ways that facilitate and build competencies and foster inclusion in all aspects of life


BC Children’s Hospital

  • BC Children’s Hospital provides psychiatric assessment, short-term individual, family and group treatment, and medication review.


BC Nurse Line

  • Call 1-866-215-4700 (toll-free in BC), 604-215-4700 (in Greater Vancouver) or  1-866-889-4700 (if you are deaf or hard of hearing). BC NurseLine provides confidential health information and advice.
  • If English is not your first language, say the name of your preferred language in English to be connected to an interpreter. More than 100 languages are available. Anywhere in the province, call BC NurseLine to speak to a registered nurse 24-hours or a pharmacist from 5 pm to 9 am every day. Have your CareCard number ready. If you do not have a CareCard or don’t want to give your CareCard number, you can still get service.



  • BC Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Canadian Mental health Association – BC Division
  • The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred)
  • The Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope of recovery for those living with a mood disorder or other mental illness.  www.mdabc.net
  • The Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope of recovery for those living with a mood disorder or other mental illness.  www.mdabc.net
  • Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) is a Canadian nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide.
  • Bounce Back Program – Canadian Mental health Association of BC Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health is a program designed to help adults experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety that may arise from stress or other life circumstances. The project is led by CMHA BC Division and funded by the BC Ministry of Health Services.


Family Violence




Health Literacy

Learning Disabilities

Loss & Grief

  • Delta Hospice Society
  • Surrey Hospice Society
  • Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC – LTLC (founded in 1972) is a not-for-profit organization that provides professional grief counselling to adults and children who have experienced any type of loss.

Mental Health & Substance Use

  • The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health  A family organization dedicated to helping parents navigate and understand the mental health system and connect to other families.  The FORCE mandate is to support and empower families and work collaboratively with professionals and systems in understanding and meeting the mental health needs of families.
  • 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 BC.
  • mindcheck.ca  A BC-based youth and young adult website where visitors can connect on how they’re feeling and get connected to support early and quickly
  • Here To Help  Provides information and tools for people in B.C. to prevent and manage mental health and substance use issues.  Includes a resource for parents of young teens about alcohol and other drugs (The Road Ahead: A Guidebook for Parents of Young Teens)  www.heretohelp.bc.ca/understand/ alcohol-drugs#road
  • Mind up  MindUP™ teaches social and emotional learning skills that link cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training utilizing a brain centric approach.
  • Find Support BC  We connect families of persons with disabilities with resources available to them.

Spiritual Direction



When Something’s Wrong: Ideas for Families

  • When Something’s Wrong: Ideas for Families was designed by Canadian Pyschiatric Research Foundation to give parents, caregivers or other family members useful strategies to cope with and assist children and youth with mood, behaviour, or thinking difficulties (e.g., social withdrawal, disorganized thinking, hostility, aggression, agitation).This handbook is useful on three levels:

1. It can help reassure you that your child’s behaviour is normal for his/her age and stage of development;

2. It can assist you in knowing when to seek help or extra support; and

3. If your child has already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, it can suggest many practical and useful coping strategies and direct you to resources and supports in your community.

UBC Psychoeducational Research & Training Centre

  • The UBC PRTC Assessment Clinics offer psychoeducational assessments and/or consultation for children, youth and adult students (grade 12 to post-secondary) who have questions about their cognitive, academic, social-emotional, or behavioural strengths and weaknesses in order to provide diagnoses and/or to develop strategies to meet their individual learning needs.
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