COVID-19: Mental Health

Support and strategies for those experiencing loneliness, anxiety, stress, including those with pre-existing mental health challenges.

On the Web

BC 211 - Seniors Referral Service

Call the helpline at 2-1-1 for information and referral to community, government and social services in BC. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, this service will take calls from people who would like to volunteer to help seniors in their community with basic needs, including grocery shopping and pharmacy drop-offs and check-ins.

Covid-19 Psychological Support Service for British Columbians

All British Columbians can access free, telephone-based psychological first-aid to any BC resident experiencing stress, anxiety or uncertainty related to the COVID-19 outbreak through a collaboration between UBC Okanagan, the BC Psychological Association, and the province.

  • To seek assistance, submit the form to request help (found at the bottom of the page) or
  • Call 604-827-0847. You will then be contacted from one of 200 volunteer registered psychologists within 24 to 48 hours.

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

This site has on receiving barrier-free, non-judgmental, confidential support through 24/7 phone lines and online services.

Here2Talk

Here2Talk connects all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

HeretoHelp

HeretoHelp provides information about managing mental illness and maintaining good mental health, including self-management resources and screening self-tests for wellness, mood, anxiety and risky drinking.

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

Part of BC Children’s Hospital, Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre provides mental health and substance abuse information, resources, help with mental health system navigation and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is a 24/7, national support service that offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Connect via phone, text, mobile app or through their website.

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety & Depression

Maintained by the BC government, this site recommends things we can do as individuals and collectively to deal with stress and support one another during these challenging times.

Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19

 A free online course from Coursera, taught by University of Toronto Psychology Professor Steve Joordens.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Support

Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways during the COVID-19 pandemic because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance abuse, social isolation and relationship issues.

Multimedia

How to Help Your Anxious Child or Adolescent in the Time of COVID-19

In this recorded webinar Dr. Susan Siklos, a Registered Psychologist, discusses anxiety in children, with a particular focus on how children are experiencing anxiety in the time of COVID-19. Parents can expect to learn what normal worries vs. more significant anxiety looks like, how to talk to their children about COVID-19, and a few tools to help their child manage their anxiety.

Presented on April 30, 2020 by the West Vancouver Memorial Library in partnership with the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic.