Free Mental Health Support During Covid-19
The BC Covid-19 Mental Health Network is a group of counselling professionals located throughout British Columbia who joined together to offer free mental health support as the Covid-19 pandemic began to unfold in Canada. In particular, we felt compelled to address the needs of people coping with sudden and increased levels of distress and who may not currently have the financial means to pay for counselling support.
As we developed this initiative, we aimed to create a platform where volunteer counsellors could connect with BC residents struggling with the myriad effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on their lives. The email account email@example.com serves as the first point of contact between the public and the volunteer counsellors. Once that initial contact is established, the counsellor connects and works with the person utilizing their own professional means of communication as they would with any client. It is then left to the discretion of the counsellor to establish the duration of the support. We wanted to allow enough flexibility in the system so that each practitioner would have the ability to work using their particular style of therapy. This allows each counsellor to assess and address the unique circumstances of each client and to provide a suitable time frame for support.
We collectively established that any counsellor volunteering with the initiative must be a registered member in good standing with a professional association and have applicable professional liability insurance in place. These include counsellors and therapists with designations such as: RCC, RTC, CCC and potentially others. Associations where counsellors are registered include: BCACC, ACCT, CCPA, and possibly others.
Our hope is that with a little extra support and connection we can help mitigate some of the adverse mental health effects that some people may currently be experiencing.
Free Phone Support During Covid-19 - Moving Forward Family Services
Fully supervised counselling interns are available to provide free, temporary telephone or online support to anyone in BC or across Canada who may be struggling emotionally while in self-isolation. During the pandemic, this counselling is available by phone or online.
Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Punjabi, Vietnamese and Tagalog.
The initial session would consist of an intake; the client will then be matched up with an intern counsellor. Up to four free sessions are available for those with low or no income, with possibility of extension.
Anyone wanting this service can call and leave a message, requesting "Support during Covid-19," at 778-321-3054 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: these are counselling/support sessions, and are not intended for clients who are in crisis. Clients in crisis should continue to contact Crisis Centres.
Free Counselling with #WIRTHStayingIn Initiative
Supporting our Mental Health during COVID – #WIRTHStayingIn Initiative
Offering free online counselling for those who need and can’t afford it.
If you’re an individual who needs support but can’t afford counselling, please get in touch with WIRTH and we will do our best to support you with one month of free online counselling.
Simply visit wirthhats.com/counsellingprogram
Free Counselling - Women's Health Collective
Free Counselling for self-identified women
Counselling is a therapeutic relationship between a qualified counsellor and the client. Counselling offers an objectice perspective, thus enabling the client to gain insights and strategies to assist in managing their particular situation.
We can help you through a broad range of of issues including:
- Identity issues
- Lack of Motivation
- Life events and transitions
- Stress Management
- Childhood trauma
- Sexual/emotional/physical abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Anger Management
- Anxiety and panic
- Body image/disorder eating
- Family or relationship issues
- Grief and loss
Call to book an appointment:
Phone/Zoom Counselling with Kits Neighbourhood House
Free counselling is available, by phone or Zoom, to all who are members of Kits Neighbourhood House, and that membership for an individual is $10 for a year.
Counselling appointments can be in English, Farsi, Spanish or Hindi.
Counselling sessions are available Fridays from 9am – 5pm.
For more information contact:
604.736.3588 ext. 128
Free Counselling in East Vancouver
Where: 920 East Hastings
When: Every Monday, 5pm - 6pm
Reach Community Health Clinic offers a FREE drop-in counselling support group. It is held at Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre on East Hastings in the Senior’s Centre.
It’s a process-oriented group, that sometimes involves music and mindfulness. No registration required.
Call for more info: 604-257-6949
Free Counselling in South Vancouver
Mondays at 9:30am to 6:30pm
Thursdays at 2:00pm to 9:00pm
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
6470 Victoria Drive at 49th
Free counselling services for individuals, couples, or families struggling with challenges in relationships, parenting, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, change and transition, or substance use.
Free Counselling in the West End
The free community counselling centre provides free counselling service to help people cope with loneliness and stress caused by different life circumstances.
This service is provided by a university intern Counsellor that works under the supervision of a registered clinical counsellor.
When: Wednesdays 9:40am – 1:15pm and Thursdays 9:45-2:30pm
Please call the front desk at 604-683-2554 to make an appointment
Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton Street).
Perhaps free counselling isn't available as quickly as you would like...here are several low-cost counselling options.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver offers counselling services on a sliding scale depending on income:
Affordable Counselling - $20 Minimum Donation
Find lasting solutions for relationship discord, depression, self-esteem issues, unresolved trauma, and other obstacles in your way. Vancouver's, ProChoices clinic makes quality therapy accessible to everyone.
We do not need a doctor referral to use our counselling services.
Fees: $20.00 minimum donation