Mental Health

Youth Resiliency Fund

This fund provides up to 5 appointments with a counsellor for youth between the ages of 15 and 29 who reside on Bowen Island. These funds are available to individuals whose lives and opportunities are being compromised as a result of one or more of a number of factors including but not limited to substance use, difficulties with mental health, depression and anxiety, and family conflicts.
If you, or someone you know, needs assistance, please contact for a confidential inquiry.

Resource Organizations

Family Services of the North Shore
Offers education, support, and counselling services.

The Fountain of Health Initiative
Your source for evidence-based information that helps you tap into your most precious resources as you age: your emotional and mental well-being — your personal “Fountain of Health!”

This website is a resource tool to help people suffering from anxiety and/or depression access the services they need.

Canadian Mental Health Association
Provides mental health services promoting recovery: rehab programs, youth programs, recreation, peer support, employment services.

Mental Health Information Line
Provides taped information on provincial mental health programs as well as symptoms, causes, treatment, support groups and publications relating to a number of mental illnesses. This is a 24 hour line.
Vancouver: (604) 669-7600

The Public Health Agency of Canada

VictimLink BC
is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across BC and Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

Vancouver Coastal Health

Mental Health Emergency Services
Mental Health & Addiction Services
Go to this link and choose “mental health” from menu.

Here to Help
Mental health and substance abuse information.
Adults 604-675-3997
Children and youth 604-675-3895
Older adults 604-709-6785

Referral to Vancouver Coastal Programs
This service is designed around the specific needs of children and youth providing comprehensive outpatient assessment, treatment and consultation services to pre-school, elementary and secondary school children with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. Families can self refer or may be referred by a physician.

Spotlight on Mental Health is a consumer-led mental health awareness and education website at Vancouver Coastal Health. It includes mental health articles, educational resources, and information about the consumer initiative fund.

Folkstone Care
This is an organization that provides respite and long term placements for people diagnosed with dementia, alzheimers, or any other complex needs. Residents are placed in family homes with support from the health authorities and other societies and foundations for both social needs and health delivery needs.

VON Canada Caregiver Connect
Family Respite Centre
We offer an Adult Day Program, Overnight Respite and Palliative Respite Care. These programs are located in a state-of-the-art facility in a quiet south Vancouver residential neighbourhood.

HomeCare Assistance
Provides specially trained caregivers for meal preparation, companionship, exercise, personal interactions.

MDA – Mood Disorders Association of BC
Support and education for people with mood disorder, their families and friends (unipolar, bipolar disorders)
200-460 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, BC
(24-hr Distress Line, toll-free) 1-866-661-3311
Lower mainland 604-872-3311
(Suicide-related crisis) 1-800-784-2433

Community Psychiatric Services/Urgent Outreach
1350 St. Andrews Street
North Vancouver, BC

After Hours Assistance – Lions Gate Hospital
604-988-3131 ext. 4289 – 24 hrs a day
Lions Gate Psychiatric Emergency Program

Specific Mental Health Concerns

Anxiety, OCD and Phobias

Blog by young teenager about her experiences supporting a younger family member with OCD. It has many links to helpful related websites.

Depression and Mood Disorders

A national organization focussed on general topics around mental health.
British Columbia Mood Disorder Association

Eating Disorders


This link has some interesting information on bonding with babies, relationships with infants etc. There are also many other links to children and mental health.


“If you’re thinking of suicide read this first” – A one page intervention letter for someone who is considering suicide at this moment…with lots of very helpful resources and crisis guidance.

A number of other resources around the issue of suicide:

The Crisis Centre has been providing emotional support to youth, adults and seniors in distress.

A website with a myriad of resources and outreach possibilities for those who are threatening suicide

Email support 24/7 worldwide

A document that acts as a kind of workbook for people thinking of suicide to work through their emotions and feelings and provide them with an escape plan

Advice and support for someone who is trying to reach out to help a friend or loved one who is threatening suicide.


North Shore Schizophrenic Society
Personal support, information and education for mentally ill. (Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, etc.)
205-1865 Marine Drive, West Vancouver