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Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings On Bowen Island

Tuesday Night – Collins Hall – Drop In at 7:15 p.m. Open to Anyone
Friday Night – AA Step Program “Candles and Candlelight” – At the Snug Cafe – Open Meeting – 7:15 p.m.

Access Central – Detox Referral Line – Telephone – North Vancouver

A Vancouver Coastal Health program that links people to detox and addiction housing services. Also helps find housing for people with addictions issues.
Open Sun-Mon 9 am – 9pm

From Grief to Action: When Addiction Hits Home

A voice and support network for family and friends affected by substance abuse

BC Alcohol and Drug Information Referral Service

(Greater Vancouver) 604-660-9382

Problem Gambling

Help line for counseling information and referral 24 hrs a day.

BC Partners Program

Information source providing 24-hr taped information on various mental health and substance use disorders.
(Greater Vancouver) 604-669-7600

Orchard Recovery Centre

On Bowen Island, BC
Offers addiction themed programming with a foundation in the 12 step philosophy, relapse prevention and family programming.

Quit Smoking Programs

QuitNow Services (smoking cessation)

QuitNow Services provide a wide range of free smoking cessation services that are available around the clock for all B.C. residents. Trained care coaches will help develop a quit plan, deal with cravings and provide on-going support. QuitNow is available by phone, online at or through a free 14-week mobile texting service. Coaches are available 24/7/365 with translation services available in over 130 languages. QuitNow Services are delivered through the BC Lung Association.
Anywhere in B.C: 8-1-1 and ask for QuitNow
TTY (Deaf and hearing-impaired): 7-1-1 and ask for QuitNow

Allan Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking

There are many links on this website from videos to courses to take to written information. There have been a number of people on Bowen who recommend this man’s methods.

For a list of local practitioners and counsellors see a list of counsellors in our Health Resource Guide.

A TED talk on another way to think of addiction and addicts, the theme of which is how lack of connectedness is a marker or risk factor for addiction.



General Cancer Resources

Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Telephone Information Service
A national, bilingual, toll-free service offering comprehensive information on cancer. Up-to-date information on a variety of cancer related topics, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment. The Cancer Information Service can help people find cancer related services and programs in their local community. For other languages, an interpreter service is available.
9am to 6pm M – F

The British Columbia Cancer Agency – also a site with broad-based regional resources on cancer
Some additional links to general information:

Canadian Cancer Society website has a wealth of cancer information.

The National Cancer Institute – has information on every cancer diagnosis, as above this is a broad-based national information site on cancer.

Complementary Care – Complementary services to standard cancer treatment, dealing with nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual health. No referral necessary, varying membership fees apply depending on types of services accessed.

Breast Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society
General information about breast cancer –
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
This site has a comprehensive array of information about breast cancer, local workshops and talks with experts, fundraising events, etc.”
British Columbia Cancer Agency – BCCA – Patient/public info page. This is the BC Cancer Agency’s general information regarding cancer and the services available in B.C.

Rethink Breast Cancer – geared women under 40 years old… responds to young women’s needs.
Canadian Breast Cancer Network
This national Breast cancer site has information about breast cancer, education, seminars, workshops, retreats, research and so on.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
A very comprehensive American website with many resources, webinars and information for educational purposes in particular.
A research based site for breast cancer. Many of the research projects are still at the stage of investigation but very interesting summations of what they’re doing. This site contains good research that can be applied to daily life – for instance vitamen D as protection against breast cancer.
Although this is an American website it has very good information, including discussions boards about many subjects.

Breast Reconstruction Program – UBC Hospital

Screening Mammography Program Information Line

Provides general information on the province’s breast screening program for women over 40.
The line will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Vancouver: (604) 877-6187

Take Care of the Girls” campaign video featuring Colleen O’Neil and other Bowen Islanders…

Mesothelioma Guide: provides information and support to patients and families affected by Mesothelioma.
Another reference:

Ovarian Cancer

National and Provincial Cancer Association

Prostate Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society – general information
Vancouver Prostate Centre – a Vancouver-based prostate services and information centre.
The PDF link below is an excellent resource from the Prostate Centre in Vancouver :
Prostate Cancer Canada – a national site with general information (American Cancer Society)
BC Cancer Agency
BC Cancer Agency Library
is an extensive library which lends books related to cancer to the public.
The American Institute of Cancer Research
Recommended by the BC Cancer Agency as a place to obtain data about diet and its effect on prevention of prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Support Groups
North Shore Support Group
Tom Sayle is contact The group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month (7 to 9pm) at Lions Gate Hospital Basement Auditorium.
Vancouver Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group
Len Gross is contact person at 604-434-2100 This group meets the 1st Thursday of each month (11:00 to 1:00) at Canada Cancer Society Board Room, 565 West 10th, Vancouver

Lung Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society – general information on lung cancer
British Columbia Cancer Agency – general information on lung cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Canadian Cancer Society – general information on colorectal cancer
British Columbia Cancer Agency – general information on lung cancer
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada – general information on colorectal cancer
There is a new colorectal program as of April 1st that is recommending patients should have a FIT (fecal immunochemical test) to do at home every two years if you are between the ages of 50-74 without symptoms. However people with a family history will be referred to their GP for a colonoscopy consult.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Canadian Cancer Society – general information on non-hodgkin lymphoma
British Columbia Cancer Agency – general information
Non Hodgkin Lymphoma
Lymphoma Canada – national information site on lymphoma

Reading Materials

Nutrition and Cancer
Anti-Cancer a New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schreiber – the book we love to recommend and Inspire Health. *Download a free PDF leaflet of The Anti-Cancer

Cancer Fighting Kitchen, Rebecca Katz – a great cookbook with yummy recipes. Could be a little more meat/fat friendly but otherwise great!

Healing With Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford – an excellent East meets West resource book (a cult classic!) including a large chapter on cancer and regeneration diets.

Beating Cancer With Nutrition, Patrick Quillin – written by a very experienced Nutritionist whom is very much a believer in whole foods and a whole person approach to healing.  A great step-by-step resource for those who want a plan spelled out for them.

Grains of Wisdom – The Callanish Cookbook – provides healing featuring delicious and healthy food, various activities/retreats for those with a cancer diagnosis.

The Jungle Effect, Dr. Daphne Miller – as great book regarding indigenous diets and why they are healthier and how we can return to a more whole, natural diet. Very easy to read, great resources within including grocery lists for various indigenous healthy diets.

Caregiver Support


Caregiver Support Programs

Online Caregiver Support

Sometimes it’s challenging to find the time or energy to attend in-person caregiver meetings. Good news! There are other options for connecting with people who understand your experiences. This list was prepared by North Shore Caregiver Support. Live webinars can be accessed using a computer or phone. To listen to these sessions you will need internet access.

Live webinars:

Chat groups and forums

Email for more details.

Articles and Blogs

Caring Voice Coalition
This is a list of easy to use tools and templates to support you in organizing your caregiver activities. For example medicine chart, care plan template, questions to ask providers, health status and history.

Family Caregivers Network Society
This is an excellent resource with national and provincial links to resources, webinars, tele-workshops and their own very good resource material to read.

North Shore Community Resources
935 Marine Drive, Suite 201
North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S3

Personal Response Services

Philips Lifeline is a personal response service that allows the user to summon help any time of the day or night by pressing a Personal Help Button, worn on a wristband or pendant. A trained Personal Response Associate will ensure that help is summoned quickly.

Respite Care

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.

Vancouver Coastal Health
Home & Community Central Intake VCH

VON Canada Caregiver Connect
This site has a myriad of caregiver support information, some specific to diagnoses and also specific with your relationship with the patient. This is a vast array of information including housing, financial, legal as well as day, in-home and overnight respite.
Caregiver Connect Information
Family Respite Centre
VON offers 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.

Children 12 and Under


Vancouver Coastal Health

Vancouver Coastal Health general information website referring to children’s issues, including a wide variety of resources within the VCH region –

Healthy Families BC

This is a comprehensive website about family health –

Public Health Nurses for the North Shore – Early Years

They have an on-call nurse available Mon – Fri from 8:30 – 4:30 (excluding holidays). Families with children ages 0-5 and pregnant families can call a nurse at 604-983-6754 if they have questions or concerns about their child’s health or development.

BC Council for Families

Works to strengthen and support family relationships, whatever they look like.

Child Care Resource Program

Community based non-profit service promoting programs and projects that enhance child care services and the quality of life for children and their families – home to the North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) Program

Child Rights Awareness Campaign

Focuses on including all community members in activities and events that demonstrate the importance of learning about child rights, and supporting them.

Information Children

For questions, concerns and support on any matter related to children, families and parenting.

Kelty Resource Centre

A provincial resource centre working to link children, youth and their families with appropriate resources in all areas of mental health and addictions. In addition, they also serve the resource needs of adults with an eating disorder.
Vancouver: (604) 875-2084
Website: Kelty Resource Centre

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.

North Shore Community Resources – NSCR

Child Care Resources and Referral Program (NSCCRRP)
A service that promotes programs and projects which enhance child care services and quality of life for children and their families.

A Parent’s Guide to Immunization

A free guide to your child’s immunization schedule.
Subscription magazine with info and advice to help you raise your baby.

Mommy Connections

Educational and social connections for the modern family: 6 & 8 week programs.

Parent Support Services Society of BC

Parenting programs and resources for families across BC.

Poison Control Centre

Provides information on poisons and treatment.
Vancouver Emergency: (604) 682-5050
Vancouver Non-Emergency: (604) 682-2344

Kids that Click

Tips for buying and using car and booster seats.
1-888-SAFE-TIP (723-3847)

Canadian Centre for Child Protection

Registered charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. It operates , Kids in the Know and Commit to Kids.

Safety and the Internet: A parent’s guide for children ages 8 & 9

Supported Child Development Program (SCDP)

A child may be eligible due to a delay or disorder in one or more of the following areas communication, physical, intellectual, emotional/behavioural/ and medical. Strives to ensure the effective inclusion of all children in child care within their community.

Catching The Spirit Youth Society

Outdoor experiences for youth 12 – 18

Welcome Wagon Baby Showers

Bringing information, congratulations and gifts of welcome to parents.

Parents Canada

A very general site that has information about raising our children including information about exercise, nutrition and general parenting issues.

West Vancouver Child and Family Hub (at the Community Centre Civic Site)

Community based, co-located program, and services that promote the healthy development and well-being of families and young children in West Vancouver. Addressing community need for child care.

Children and Diabetes

Diabetes Camps – 1-800-2268404

Canadian Diabetes Association:
Information for families with kids/youth with diabetes,-teens—diabetes/kids—type-1

Eating Disorders

Kelty Mental Health

Palliative Care

This is a link to resources for children and youth experiencing grief and loss.

Schools, Daycares and Other Family Services

Bowen Island Family Place Connects families and supports family life on Bowen Island. We provide a parent and caregiver participation drop-in program for children 6 and under, to play and socialize in a safe, stimulating environment.

Bowen Children’s Centre
This is an on-Island children’s centre with programs for toddlers, preschool age children, an after school club and Family Place.

Bowen Island Community School
This is a link to Bowen Island Community School – our on-Island community school and has lots of information about school programs, educational and community activities/opportunities.

Island Pacific School
Island Pacific School is a private middle school on Island for grades 6 – 9 and their website has lots of interesting information and links to educational resources.

North Shore Community Resources
This link has a wide array of information for parents about services and programs. The North Shore Child Care Resources & Referral Program (NSCCRRP) is a service that promotes programs and projects which enhance child care services and quality of life for children and their families. The Child Care Resources Program provides services, support and consultation to parents, care providers, community agencies, municipalities, and the public on issues related to child care and early years.

Mental Health

See our Mental Health page for more information relating to children and mental health.



Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers’s Society of BC
Programs and Services for Individuals Newly Diagnosed and Their Families
Ph: 604-984-8348, Fax: (604) 984-8346
#212 – 1200 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7J 2A2
Phone: 604-984-8348
Toll-Free: 1-866-984-8348
First Link®: 604-984-8347 (Read more about First Link®)
First Link® Toll-free: 1-855-984-8347
Fax: 604-984-8346

Kerri Sutherland, Support & Education Coordinator

Bronwyn James, First Link Coordinator

Support Groups
Early Stage
Family Caregiver
Bowen Island Family Caregiver Support Group
Monthly support group offering education and information.
To register contact: Kerri Sutherland at 1 866 984 8348 email:

North Shore and Sunshine Coast
148 E. 2nd St. North Vancouver, BC
604-984-8348 or 1-866-984-8348

Dementia Helpline
1-800-936-6033 or 604-681-8651 (Lower Mainland)
Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm

Home Care Assistance 1-866-454-8346

Respite Care

Folkstone Care
This is an organization that provides respite and long term placements for people diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s, 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.


For more information click Caregiver Support

Chronic Diseases & Conditions


What is Self-Management?

Self-management refers to the tasks that an individual must undertake to live well with one or more chronic conditions. These tasks include gaining confidence to deal with medical management, role management, and emotional management (Adams, Greiner & Corrigan, 2004).

Public Health Agency of Canada
Excellent sources for patient information – (providing lists of a chronic diseases with information).

Complex Chronic Disease Program – B.C. Women’s Hospital – a referral from your doctor is needed and the referral forms are on their website. This is a new program for people who suffer from a group of complex chronic diseases which include but not limited to Chronic Fatique, Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease.

Vancouver Coastal Health Chronic Diseases
Information (on referral) 604-984-5752. Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver


Arthritis Society
A Provincial organization which provides a wealth of information on research programs and education services to patients, professionals and the general public.
Lower Mainland (604) 875-5051

Mary Pack Arthritis Program: Vancouver Coastal Health Program
Provides free classes for a range of topics by a multidisciplinary team of instructors. Classes include managing pain, managing fatigue, managing stress, and managing emotions, preventing and managing osteoporosis, complementary therapies, managing osteoarthritis, managing inflammatory arthritis, learning about community resources, improving communication skills, and planning for change. Go to “links” tab for referral forms.

Vancouver Coastal Health Oasis Program – for people with Osteoarthritis
This program has information, clinic and other service information as well as a link to referral forms
604-904-6200 ext.#5


The Canadian Diabetes Association provides people affected by diabetes – those living with the condition, their family, friends, caregivers, colleagues, employers and others – with information on the prevention and management of diabetes and referral to various community resources.
1-800-BANTING (1-800-226-8464)

Type 2 Diabetes
VCH Diabetes Self Management 5 day Education Series
North Shore Chronic Disease Education Series
West Vancouver Community Health Centre
Phone – 604 – 984-5752
Email –

Heart & Stroke

Have you Had a Stroke?  Remember this Simple Do it Yourself Test:
F. A. S. T. —  symptoms of  F = face drooping, A = arm weakness, S = speech difficulty, T= Time to Call: 911.

Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC
Community based organization dedicated to the prevention and relief of heart disease and stroke in B.C. and the Yukon. Provides information on research and support groups. Current information and programs on CPR, high blood pressure, nutrition, exercise programs, rehabilitation, smoking, stress, current research etc.
Vancouver 604-736-4404

Heart & Stroke Healthline – community involvement.

Heart-Stroke Assessment:
Take the Heart and Stroke Risk Assessment to learn your status.

Heart Disease and Women:

Women’s College Hospital, Toronto
Women’s newsletter, featuring articles on fitness, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

Clinical Services:

St. Paul’s Hospital – Healthy Heart Program
Cardiac Rehabilitation/Prevention Clinic/The Lipid Clinic – 604-806-8591.

North Shore Cardiac Rehab. (on physician’s referral) – 604-987-7529.
Lion’s Gate Hospital Gymnasium: participatory entry level sessions. Maintenance level sessions: John Braithwaite Community Centre, Parkgate Community Centre.

North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre:  778-340-5803.  Contact Outreach Volunteer at programs for Young Stroke Survivors, Older Adult stroke Survivors and Caregiver Support.

First Aid Courses:
References on CPR & First Aid:

Respiratory Diseases

The Lung Association of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Facts about lung diseases, smoking and air pollution.

COPD, chronic obstructive lung disease – general information relating to COPD
604-731-5864, Toll-free: 1-800-665-5864

Asthma Society of Canada: provides education, support and resources.
Breath works  Helpline 1-866-717-2673
Lung Association of British Columbia:

Lung Cancer

The Canadian Lung Association

General information on asthma and allergies.

Sleep Apnea
IRS (Independent Respiratory Services, Inc.)
Provide information about sleep apnea, oxygen therapy, asthma education, CPAP machines

(screens, educates, provides technology).

Gastrointestinal Conditions

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation – general information
A wealth of information about digestive and gastrointestinal disorders –

Hearing Loss

Resound Canada –
Information source on various topics concerning hearing, e.g. “ Protect your Hearing, Difficult Listening Environments, Quiet Listening Environments, Finding the Right Hearing Solution, Living with Hearing Devices.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – North Shore Location
Community Support dedicated to improving communication skills for those with hearing loss.

Western Inst. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
A Hearing Aid Loan Program Contact Main office to discover eligibility
2125 W. 7th Ave., Vancouver

Mobile Hearing Clinic Ltd.: Canopy Integrated Health,
Provides services e.g. home visits, assessments, selection and fit of products, counseling. 149-1233 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Provides a variety of services and programs including: information and referral services; support counselling; equipment loans; self help groups for persons who have multiple sclerosis and their family and friends; and public awareness and education programs for professionals and others. This line operates from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Kidney Diseases

The Kidney Foundation of Canada

NIDDK – National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Provides education for kidney and urologic diseases. This phone number will connect you with a volunteer who can give you information about kidney disease and patient services.
(604) 736-9775

Neurological Conditions

Public Health Agency of Canada
Information about many neurological conditions.,

Parkinson Society Canada


Osteoporosis Canada, a registered charity that works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. They provide medically accurate information to patients, health care professionals and the public. The organization service to individuals with osteoporosis and the public include free publications, a bilingual toll-free information line, educational programs and referrals to self-help groups and community resources, as well as this web site

Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network (COPN) – is a virtual network of people who are living with or affected by osteoporosis. Its members are patients and it works on behalf of the needs and interests of people living with and/or affected by osteoporosis. COPN also endeavours to educate, empower and support members of its network through the use of virtual technologies and mutual support.

Bowen Island Community Recreation Program – The recreation office is located at Bowen Island community school (1041 Mount Gardner Road) and offers a variety of programs year-round in the areas of fitness, weight room, personal training, health and wellness etc.

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada disseminates information on healthy aging and encourages seniors’ health promotion, risk reduction and stabilization of chronic conditions, such as osteoporosis.

Active Aging Canada (previously ALCOA) is a charitable, not-for profit organization that strives to promote a society where all older Canadians are leading active lifestyles that contribute to their overall well-being.

Patient advocacy site offering peer support, education forums, information about local activities, tips on nutrition, physical activity and fall prevention

The Osteoporosis Program website at BC Women’s Health Centre provides comprehensive assessment and care for people who have osteoporosis. This includes education about lifestyle changes and medical therapies to improve bone health.

“Health and Bone” Canadian website that has a broad array of information and resources on osteoporosis.

Medicinet Website – information on treatment, medications, symptoms, and prevention


Pain BC
Pain BC reduces the burden of pain through engagement, education, advocacy, and knowledge translation. A great website with B.C. specific information about resources for people suffering from chronic pain.
Pain Toolbox

Thyroid Diseases

Thyroid Foundation of Canada

Provides links for thyroid patients.

Thyroid patient-centered resource website

Foot and Ankle Problems

BC Foot and Ankle Specialists
Based out of several clinics in Vancouver, surgeons provide orthopedic care for a variety of common foot and ankle issues. Referral from family physician is required.

Vancouver Coastal Health
Provides surgical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up for patients with chronic or acute foot and ankle problems. Provides referral to a surgeon if necessary.

The Paris Pedorthic Services team provide expert solutions for people suffering from a wide range of foot and ankle problems including: plantar fasciitis, heel pain, heel spurs, bunions, knee pain (like patellofemoral pain syndrome), general foot pain and many other conditions associated with flat feet, high arched feet and over-pronating feet. (private services)
1-800-463-6842 providing free information, brochures.


975 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Help with forefoot pain includes metatarsalgic, neuromas, shin splints.
604-980-KNEE .


General information about Fibromyalgia
Arthritis Society

Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of fibromyalgia syndrome in adults – comprehensive document written by experts from across the country

National patient resource website with comprehensive information about fibromyalgia.

Financial Assistance for Seniors


C.A.R.P. (Canadian Association of Retired Persons)

Advocacy group for seniors with a North Shore Chapter. They have resources on many political and social and economic concerns that seniors may have.

B.C. Housing

SAFER (Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters)
Program provides direct cash assistance for eligible seniors who pay rent for their homes.
Seniors Supportive Housing (SSH)
Provides specially modified rental homes in selected subsidized housing developments, support services such as daily meal, weekly housekeeping, linen laundry, social and recreational activities and 24 hour emergency response to stay in home longer.
Affordable Housing for Seniors
Low-income seniors able to live independently without any support services, or with the assistance of home care, may apply to live in affordable housing developments.
Non-profit societies and co-op housing developments that maintain their own registries.
Home Adaptations for Independence Program
Program helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities finance home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living.

B.C. Senior’s Guide

Hollyburn Family Services Society

If you or someone you know is about to lose their housing, we can help with referrals to community supports and applications.

Home Owner Grant for Seniors

Grant reduces the amount of property tax you have to pay if you own your home, are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, reside in BC and occupy your home as your principal residence.

LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program (EIP)

Get cash back for energy efficient home improvements.

Property Tax Deferment

Homeowners 55 and over,  a surviving spouse of any age,  and a designated ‘Person with a Disability’ may defer payment of annual property taxes on their principal residence. Taxes/Property Tax Deferment/ptd.htm

Senior’s Home Renovation Tax Credit

New, refundable Personal Income Tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home.

Seniors Services Society

Non-profit organization provides information an all types of housing options and services for senior living.

Home Support


Nurse Next Door

901 West 3rd. St.,
North Vancouver

Living Well Home Care Services

1577 Pemberton Ave
North Vancouver

Loving Home Care Services

#7 – 636 Clyde
West Vancouver

Shylo Nursing

1305 St. Georges Ave.
North Vancouver

Home Care West


Royalty Home Care

#701 – 140 East 14th Street
North Vancouver

Vancouver Coastal Health

Central Community Health
132 West Esplanade

Personal Response Services

Lifeline – Philips Lifeline is a personal response service that allows the user to summon help any time of the day or night by pressing a Personal Help Button, worn on a wristband or pendant. A trained Personal Response Associate will ensure that help is summoned quickly.

Housing Options for Seniors (North Shore Only)


We’re working on updating this page – we welcome your input and will have information posted shortly.

Public/Subsidized Housing

Private Housing

North Vancouver

West Vancouver

Mental Health


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