Scroll down for some free and or affordable counselling, online tools, workshops and gatherings, complementary health and financial ideas which can provide support.
Also, CMHA-Vancouver offers other support, besides Get Set & Connect. Click below for more info about these programs and services.
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Suicide Counselling and Prevention Contacts and Resources
Suicide prevention counselling line: 1-800-SUICIDE
Crisis Contacts and Resources
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Coping Using Mindfulness - Resources
Life can be challenging. Taking time to be mindful – to stop and notice what’s going on within you and around you – can help with recognizing and reducing stress, anxiety and other intense experiences. Learning simple techniques can grow your awareness of what’s going on and what you can to do to create more ease in your life.
Click the button to check out links to learn more about mindfulness, how it might help, to try out simple practices, and to find out what apps and other tools exist that may help.
Eight-Week Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT] Skills Groups
The Vancouver CBT Skills Groups offer an 8-week psycho-education program that targets patients with low to moderate severity of anxiety and depression, as well as other lower acuity mental health diagnoses.
MSP covers the sessions, and it just costs $35 for the workbook. You commit to completing the eight weeks. You take a form to a doctor to get a program referral. The video link below refers to Victoria, but programs happen at various times and locations around Vancouver.
What is CBT and what's the convincing evidence that it works? Go to the 'More Info' button below.
For more questions about the program and patient referrals, please contact CBTvancouver@divisionsbc.ca.
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 Drop-In Acupuncture
Vancouver Coastal Health offers free drop in acupuncture in Vancouver at a number of locations.
Click button below for locations, and answers to questions you may have.
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 Money Coach
Non-Violent Communication / Compassionate Communication
When: Monday and Tuesday evenings,
6:30pm - 9:00pm (starts on time)
Where: 1755 East 11th Ave, 3rd Floor, Vancouver
(half a block east of Commercial on E 11th Ave.)
Nonviolent Communication (abbreviated NVC, also called Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication) is a communication process based on the principles of nonviolence - the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. It teaches some techniques for conflict-resolving, focusing on empathy. There are gatherings for NVC in many places, including in Vancouver.
Why the giraffes?
NVC uses two animals as symbols. The giraffe is the land animal with the biggest heart. With her long neck she has a good overview and clear vision. The giraffe stands for compassionate communication. The second animal is the wolf. Wolf language is about judging, criticizing, analyzing, moralizing and accusing. When we feel unfairly treated, accused or when we want to impose our wishes, we tend to use the language of the wolf.
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
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).
Pain Self-Management Program:
Learn Skills to Move from a Pain Centered Life to a Function Centered Life
Persons with chronic health conditions and family members can participate in self-management programs offered in communities throughout BC at no cost. These are evidence-based programs which provide information, teach practical skills and give people the confidence to manage their health condition(s).
The workshops covers; diabetes, chronic disease and chronic pain. To find the nearest workshop in your area click here.
Moving Forward Family Services offers Pay What You Can Counselling
Want Counselling? Call 778-321-3054
At Moving Forward Family Services, we figure it’s worth a try to do something different, to be something different. We invite you to be an agent of change in your life and the lives of those around you. Transform any area of your life today.
Services are provided by insured and highly qualified, fully supervised Registered Clinical Counsellors, Registered Social Workers with Masters Degrees, and interns from accredited Masters.
Fees are Pay What You Can.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver offers counselling services on a sliding scale depending on income:
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
-Anxiety and panic
-Body image/disorder eating
-Family or relationship issues
-Grief and loss
Call to book an appointment:
FREE Counselling LGBTQ
Every day we live with a range of issues for which counselling can be helpful. Our counselling program is a professional, volunteer-based service which provides free short-term counselling.
Working collaboratively with the client, counsellors offer a variety of approaches based on their education and experience. The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the client’s work in ways that respect the client’s values, personal resources and capacity for self determination. The skills you learn can enrich your relationships and become part of your everyday life.
To book your free counselling sessions (to a maximum of up to twelve sessions)or to find out more information, please call 604-684-5307 ext. 100 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aboriginal Wellness Program
First Nations and Aboriginal as well as mainstream therapeutic practices of health and wellness are offered. Adult counselling is provided for a variety of issues, such as trauma, residential school, grief & loss, depression, anxiety and addiction. Traditional medicines and practices, hands-on traditional/spiritual and Reiki sessions, Elders, cultural teachings, and ceremonies may also be available.
604-675-2551 or email@example.com
Voices and Visions Drop-In Support Groups
These two groups explores living well with voices and/or visions; What do these experiences mean to you? An inclusive and non-judgmental environment. Based on the International Hearing Voices Network.
Open to all. You do not have to be a mental health team client.
When: Second & Fourth Saturdays of the month
Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm
Where: Open Door Group
300 - 30 E 6th Ave Vancouver - Board Room
When: First & Third Fridays of the month
Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm
Where: Grandview-Woodlands Mental Health Team
310-1669 East Broadway
Questions? Call 604-708-5276
Hearing Voices Network Study Club
This group meets on a monthly basis to discuss and watch videos plus read and discuss literature related to the International Hearing Voices Network.
When: Monthly on various Friday evenings from 6:30 - 8pm
To be added to the E-list for this group: Call 604-708-5276
Where: Meeting Room #2
Creekside Community Recreation Centre
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Disability Tax Credit
The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay.