24/7 support via app, phone, or online chat.
Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.
BC211.ca | Dial 211 from your phone, or text your city name to 211
24/7 support via phone, text, or online chat.
211 connects you to a huge variety of programs and services in your community. Whether you’re looking for help with mental health, homelessness, victim services, or just about anything else, BC211 is a great place to start.
Do I have to tell anyone that I’m in counselling?
Nope! Generally, the only people who will know that you’re in counselling are you and your counsellor. You get to decide if you want to tell your parents, friends, classmates, etc.
Will my instructor/prof know that I’m in counselling?
Your instructor/prof/classmates will not know if you’re in counselling, even if you’re seeing an OC counsellor. You aren’t obligated to tell them, either.
Can I get counselling if I’m just stressed from school?
Of course! Counselling is for everyone, no matter what their mental health looks like. Even if it’s just been a tough week at school, talking with a counsellor is a great way to help you decompress. Counselling gives you room to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgemental way.
Can counsellors prescribe me medication?
No. Counsellors and therapists cannot prescribe medications.
Am I unwell enough for counselling? I don’t want to take away a spot from someone who needs it more.
You are always deserving of treatment, no matter how big or small you think your issue is. There is no minimum amount of anything that you need to be in order to see a counsellor.
There is no such thing as “someone who needs it more.” Everyone is deserving of treatment.
CMHA Virtual Counselling
CMHA Kelowna is offering virtual counselling services to adults ages 25+, weekdays during the afternoon (excluding holidays). This service is available free of charge to individuals, couples, families, and caregivers of youth who are struggling. Those who are having difficulty coping with the challenges related to the COVID pandemic are also welcome to access these supports. This service uses a Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) model, meaning that each session functions as standalone therapy. Individuals may attend as many sessions as they need.
Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC. If you are interested in beginning the journey to improve your mental health, but aren’t sure where to start, connecting with The Foundry is an excellent first step.
- Mental Health and Substance Use Services – Single session counselling and brief therapy
- Physical Health – Sexual Health, Gender Affirming Care, Withdrawal management
- Youth and family navigation
- Youth peer support
- Social services – housing, income assistance, employment support
The Foundry serves youths aged 12-24 with valid MSP coverage.
Bounce Back Coaching
The materials and exercises in this program are based in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Participants will work through these materials with a trained coach over the phone. This program is best suited for individuals living with mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.
This program is offered for free through the Canadian Mental Health Association. However, there are some eligibility requirements that must be met prior to registering.
In order to start with the BounceBack® Coaching program, individuals must meet the following criteria:
- 15 years of age or older
- Currently living in BC
- Already connected to a primary care provider (physician or nurse) or psychiatrist
- Not at risk of harming self or others
- Are not diagnosed with a personality disorder
- Have not had a manic episode or psychosis in the last 6 months
- Capable of engaging with and concentrating on materials
- Not significantly misusing drugs or alcohol to the extent that it would impact engagement in CBT treatment
BC211 is a non-profit organization that provides a free, confidential, multilingual service that links people to resources for help, where and when they need it.
They provide information about a broad range of programs and services, including:
- basic needs like food and shelter
- mental health and addictions support
- legal and financial assistance
- support for seniors
- and much more!
They also provide referrals for the above services.
Wellness Together Canada
Online resource created with support from many of Canada’s leaders in mental health education. A short self-assessment quiz is given upon registration to help individuals understand their current mental health. Provides access to self guided tools, peer to peer counselling, and professional counselling.
Webinars and online workshops on a variety of topics including emotion regulation, building resilience, and building boundaries. Most sessions are presented live, last 1-2 hours, and are interactive. Advance registration is usually required.
Bounce Back® Online
Self-paced, online course with lectures and workbooks. Includes modules on depression, anxiety, anger management, coping with change, and more.
Bounce Back®: Anxiety Control Training (ACT)
A self-help relaxation method designed to help people learn to gain control of their anxiety. It is delivered via audio and takes about 10 minutes. Should be repeated regularly – ideally twice daily.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey | Non Fiction
When it was first published, in 1990, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was an almost instant bestseller—and became a permanent part of the cultural lexicon. With more than 15 million copies sold in over 33 languages and 75 countries since its first publication, this book continues to help millions of people become more effective—both in their personal and professional lives.
What author Stephen R. Covey advocates is no less than a paradigm shift—a major change in how readers perceive the world. This encompasses time management, proactivity, positive thinking, spiritual life, communication, and more. With compelling anecdotes and penetrating insight on every page, Dr. Covey guides the way to a life lived with integrity, service, dignity, and success—both at home and at work.
Veronika Decides to Die
Paulo Coelho | Fiction
**Major trigger warning for suicide**
Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything — youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does — at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.
Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.
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