Health + Wellness

The Library has an exceptional collection for up-to-date health information. We have also compiled a list of community resources and authoritative health materials to ensure you are receiving current and accurate health information.

Note:  Please remember that while libraries and librarians provide access to medical information, librarians are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or dial 8-1-1 for HealthLink, a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia.

On the Shelf

Alzheimer's Disease -- Patients

Help for those living with alzheimer's disease.


Expert advice on managing pain.

On the Web

Canadian Mental Health Assocation (CMHA)

Nation-wide organization that champions good mental health. CMHA branches across Canada provide a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families. The North Shore Branch is located at #300 - 1835 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. 

Counselling BC

A directory of Counselling Psychologists, Counsellors and Therapists in BC, indexed by area of practice, type of therapy, location and more.

HealthLink BC

This site gives you access to non-emergency health information and services at any time. You can also call 811 toll-free to speak with a nurse, dietitian or pharmacist about your health concerns, and to receive assistance in finding a family practice.

Mayo Clinic

Look up a disease or condition, a symptom, a prescription drug, a test or procedure, or sign up for the Clinic's Health Letter.

Medline Plus

Browse Health Topics for specific diseases or conditions, get information on drugs and supplements, and find articles and illustrations on many diseases, tests, injuries, and surgeries in the Medical Encyclopedia. 

MLA Top Health Websites For Consumers and Patients

The "Consumer and Patient Health Information Section" of the Medical Library Association (MLA) maintains a list of useful and reliable medical websites based on criteria like credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, and currency. 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This US National Institute of Health site includes research on clinical trials, practices, and information about treatments such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, homeopathy and more.

North Shore Schizophrenia Society

The Centre provides personal support & information on major mental illnesses - schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders.