Your Mental Health: A Comprehensive Resource Guide + Reduced-Cost Counselling Options

Here are some helpful links to keep you in the loop and aware of any updates related to our basic needs and health: 

Jump to Reduced or Free Counselling Options

Reputable Covid-19 Sources

Essential Needs

Health

Financial

Useful Contacts

  • 8-1-1 – Health-Link BC
  • CALL 1-888-COVID19 / 1-888-268-4319 or TEXT 604-630-0300 – For non-medical info regarding COVID-19 (7:30am-8pm, with over 110 languages available)
  • 1-833-784-4397 – Toll Free number across Canada for COVID-19 updates

Mental Health Resources

Self-Guided Coping Strategies

Support Groups and Webinars

Crisis Lines

  • Crisis Centre BC– if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis

Other Organizations with Resources

Reduced-Cost Counselling Options

General Counselling

  • JFS Vancouver – 604-558-5717. Sliding scale professional counselling.  Serving youth, adults, seniors, couples, and families. Regular program $50- $105; low-cost program: $10-$20.
  • UBC Psychology Clinic – 604-822-3005. Counselling services provided by doctoral student interns, supervised by registered psychologists. $10-$40 per hour.
  • Simon Fraser University  Counselling Clinics – Counselling for adults, children and youth provided by supervised graduate students in counselling psychology. Services at the Surrey clinic are free and at the Burnaby clinic are offered on a sliding scale.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association: North and West Vancouver Branch – Up to 12 sessions of counselling for North Shore residents without open ICBC, WCB or other insurance carrier claims. Counselling provided by intern ($25) or registered clinical counsellor ($50).
  • Moving Forward Family Services – 778-321-3054. Counselling for individuals and families. Counselling primarily offered in Surrey, with limited availability in Vancouver, Port Moody and Abbotsford. Graduate-level counsellors ($50-$65) and counselling interns ($20). Limited free counselling available in exceptional circumstances.
  • Vancouver Women’s Health Collective – Wellness Counselling – 604-736-5262. Counselling and art therapy available on select days.

Trauma

  • VAST – 604-255-1881 or Toll Free: 1-866-393-3133. Trauma-focused psychological counselling for refugees in one-on-one and group settings. 
  • Crime Victims Assistance Program – 1-800-563-0808 (available 24/7). Funded counselling for victims of crime, their immediate family members and witnesses. Contact for eligibility.
  • Battered Women’s Support Services – 604-687-1867. Trained and supervised workers at BWSS provides free support services for any woman who has been abused in an intimate relationship as well as women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault. BWSS also provides support to women survivors of Indian Residential Schools and/or foster care.
  • Atira Community Services Society – Stopping The Violence Counselling 604-331-1407 ext. 106 or 107. Provides individual and group counselling to women and transwomen who have experienced current or past relationship abuse, sexual assault, or physical, emotional or sexual abuse at any age.