Metro Vancouver BC Area Gov’t Mental Health Related Resources

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These Metro Vancouver BC area ADHD related BC area governmental and non-profit resources are provided as a public service. Adult ADHD Coach Pete Quily does not endorse or recommend any specific group.

See also my section on Vancouver BC Area Non-Profit Mental Health Organizations


Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) Vancouver residents only ages 17+ who are experiencing a non-life threatening Mental Health and/or Substance Use issue.

“The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) is here to help you, your family member or your friend during a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue.

The AAC provides a single point of access to VCH mental health and substance use programs

Our staff includes registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and social workers, psychiatrists and reception staff who are here to help.

We provide pathways for people and families to access to VCH mental health and/or substance use services in Vancouver and offer an alternative to the Emergency department for people having a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue.

Eligible adults can self-refer to the AAC by calling or walking-in to the clinic. Families and Friends concerned about a loved one can call the AAC to initiate a referral for eligible adults.

Services are limited to City of Vancouver residents ages 17+ who are experiencing a non-life threatening Mental Health and/or Substance Use issue. If you are not sure, call us.

Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre
803 West 12th Avenue
Level 1 East Entrance
Vancouver, BC
Entrance located at the back of health centre building; access through laneway/service road.

Call (604) 675-3700 or walk in between 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.”


Alcohol and Drug Referral Service

“Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service (ADIRS) provides free, confidential information and referral services to British Columbians in need of support with any kind of substance use issue (alcohol or other drugs).

Referral to community substance use treatment services is available for all ages. Information available from ADIRS includes prevention resources, support groups, and addiction related topics such as fetal alcohol syndrome.

Contact ADIRS toll-free at 1 800 663-1441, or in the lower mainland at 604 660-9382. Free, multilingual telephone assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”


BC Health link 811

This is a great service. If your province or state doesn’t have one like this, highly recommend you lobby them to create one. “British Columbians have 24-hour, toll-free access to registered nurses, registered dietitians, qualified exercise professionals, and pharmacists specially trained to provide confidential health information and advice on the telephone.

Call 811 all over BC”


BC 211. The Red Book Online

A massive comprehensive referral service for non profit organizations. Search online or phone and talk to a human being.

“BC211 is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. Our help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.”


Bounce Back ® Online

“Bounce Back ® On-line is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based self-help program for those who want help with everyday problems such as feeling depressed, stressed or anxious. The program is comprised of modules for you to work through at your own pace. You can choose which modules are appropriate for you and you can try it out below – before you sign up. Consider Bounce Back ® if you like self-directed, independent learning.

If you’re 15 or older, have mild to moderate depression, or are struggling with stress or anxiety, Bounce Back® can help.

Bounce Back® offers the following free resources:

Bounce Back® Today video

Get tips on managing your mood, sleeping better, building confidence, increasing activity, problem solving and healthy living. To watch the video online, go to and use the access code: bbtodaybc

The Bounce Back® Today video is also available in Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Mandarin and Punjabi. When you log in to the video site, there is an option to select your preferred language.

Coaching on the Phone, Videoconference or Text

A trained Bounce Back® coach will help you learn skills to improve your mental health. Your coach will help keep you on track and offer support as you work through the program materials. All materials are available online or hard copies can be mailed to you if you prefer.

A doctor’s referral is required to use the coaching program. You can download this referral form and take it to your doctor, a Foundry Centre if there is one in your community or local walk in clinic.

Coaching is also available in Cantonese, French, Mandarin and Punjabi.

Bounce Back® Online

Bounce Back® Online is a self-help program that gives you the skills to manage your depression or anxiety and feel better at your own pace. It uses video modules, e-books and interactive worksheets designed to give you the tools you need to help yourself. Register Now to get started.

Modules addressing stress and low mood and the most common impacts these have on your life.

Short, practical and powerful tools you need –now

You didn’t think you’d just be listening did you?

…because we all like to watch TV”


First Nations


Vancouver Coastal Health Aboriginal Health programs

Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program

“APNs provide a benefit to both the patient and to health care providers. The APN works directly with VCH staff and other health care service providers to make sure Aboriginal patients get the best care possible.

APNs can:

Help staff create a personal plan when a patient leaves a hospital or care program.

Help VCH health care teams understand and work with Aboriginal health practices and beliefs.

Assist staff if a patient or family member requests access to an Elder or a traditional ceremony

The Aboriginal Wellness Program (A.W.P.)

Develops and delivers culturally safe mental wellness and addiction programs for First Nations and Aboriginal people residing within the Lower Mainland including:

  • Counselling
  • Therapeutic Groups
  • Cultural Support & Teachings

Aboriginal Mental Health Outreach

Perry Omeasoo – Aboriginal Mental Health Liaison
(604) 674-2530 extension 22240

Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program – East Hastings Street Vancouver

Aboriginal Wellness Program – East Hastings Street Vancouver

Child and Youth Aboriginal Mental Health Outreach – Cambie Street Vancouver

Child and Youth Aboriginal Mental Health Outreach – East Hastings Street Vancouver”


First Nations Health Authority Guide to Mental Health Counselling Services PDF.

Lists a wide variety of programs if you’re First Nations

See also First Nations Health Authority Mental Wellness and Substance Use main page



“Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in seven communities across BC. They have centres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, North Vancouver and Vancouver Island & the interior & Prince George.

Foundry peer support

  • Schools
  • Body image and disordered eating peer support
  • Trans care bc peer support
  • Mood disorders association peer support groups

Phone & Online Chat
Whether it’s by phone, online chat or text, connect with a counsellor or trained volunteer to ask questions, help you understand what’s going on for you and find resources online or in your community.

  • Kids help phone
  • Crisis line and chat
  • Kuu-us crisis line, Indigenous
  • Youthspace
  • Mental health support and information line
  • Youth against violence line
  • Sex sense

Apps and Tools.

They have a list of a wide variety of apps tools to help you manage and prevent challenges from getting in the way of your daily life.”


Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

They’re really good and sometime list ADHD events for children and youth with ADHD. “We help families across the province navigate the mental health system, listen and offer peer support, and connect them to resources and tools.

Parents and Caregivers

What can I do if I’m concerned about my child?
Find tools and resources for specific mental health challenges and disorders
Talk to someone at the Kelty Centre for support
Help navigating the mental health system

Health Professionals

Find tools and resources to share with families
Find opportunities for professional development
Find medication overview sheets to share with patients
Help connecting patients with services

School Professionals

Find mental health resources to use in the classroom
I’m looking for a workshop for my school or classroom
Find out more about mental health challenges and disorders

Youth and Young Adults

Visit Foundry for info & tools for yourself or a friend
Talk to a youth at the Kelty Centre for support
Get involved as a Youth Ambassador”


University and Colleges in BC have student counselling services

with a variety of services, contact each one separately, there maybe more than one organization depending on the size of the institution and their interest in mental health.


Links to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Mental Health Programs and Information


Links to Fraser Health Mental health programs and information 


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