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INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES THROUGHOUT BC
This site has compiled a comprehensive listing of service providing agencies in the province of BC.
The BCACC provides information about counselling in British Columbia, as well as referrals by phone or on-line. It also provides information about the regulation of members, and the code of ethics governing counsellors.
BCPA is committed to the psychological well-being of all British Columbians. Whether you are looking for psychological treatment, a psychological evaluation or consultant services, the BCPA referral service can help. The Referral Service represents 150 registered psychologists in British Columbia. If you prefer to talk to someone, please call 1-800-730-0522 (or 730-0522 in the Lower Mainland
This site is a search engine for the Red Book which has a vast number of resource listings for the Lower Mainland.
This site contains medically-approved information on more than 5,000 health topics, symptoms, medications, and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Search the online Directory to find health services near you. Call 8-1-1 from anywhere in British Columbia to speak with a nurse any time of the day or night.
Mental Health Net
This site is not in B.C. but it is a wonderful resource. It offers a huge amount of useful information on mental health. Over 9,000 resources are indexed at present.
A comprehensive list of Mental Health links and articles compiled by consumers of services in BC.
The Government of BC funds over 150 programs, run by non-profit agencies and local police detachments, that provide information about the justice system, practical help, emotional support and referrals to other appropriate programs. These services include a toll-free, province-wide telephone service: Victim LINK: 1-800-563-0808
A compendium of articles, links, resources on trauma compiled by trauma specialist Dr. David Baldwin
CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES
Works to reduce suicide risk among those in crisis, to assist family and friends who care about them, and to promote healing among those bereaved by suicide. Provides crisis management, individual and group counselling, suicide bereavement work, community education and training, client advocacy, hospital liaison, and professional consultation. No website at this time. Contact Information: Tel: 604-879-9251
Fax: 604-879-7463 300-2425 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 4L6 …
The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia is a volunteer organization committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis.
Operates 24-hour a crisis line for survivors of rape or sexual violence, offering information, immediate support, and referral. Also provides support groups, public education through speaking engagements and information fairs, and liaison with community and professional groups. Offers advocacy; assistance with completion of legal forms and compensation applications; information and referral; and accompaniment to police, hospital, and court.
These sites located throughout the lower mainland provide information and peer counselling for women with unplanned or problem pregnancies. Information is available regarding pregnancy, abortion techniques, and abortion alternatives. Centres also offer pregnancy tests, prenatal instruction, accommodation search assistance, maternity and baby clothes, referrals, advocacy, and post-abortion grief support. All services are free and confidential.
Vancouver Coastal Health: Addictions
Drug and alcohol addiction can affect anyone regardless of age, race, religion, socio-economic status, education, or geographic location. Addiction is an illness, and one that can be treated. From residential treatment centres to out-patient detox services, Vancouver Coastal Health provides support to help those struggling with addiction to overcome their difficulties.
NIMH is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health
These services focus on health promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery, and support individuals’ and families’ resiliency and self-care
B.C. Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
This non-profit society provides therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.
Gay Men’s Counselling/QMunity
This site provides useful online counselling resource for Gay Men within BC and outside of BC.
Works to ensure balance in matters relating to men, and advocates change in areas of bias and inequality. Areas of focus include parenting, anger management, and family violence. Offers individual, couple, and family counselling, and has a comprehensive library featuring books, articles, tapes, and videos about men’s issues. Contact Information: (604) 878-9033 590 West Broadway, Suite 2, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E9
Women’s Hospital & Health Centre is the leader in women’s health and the only academic maternity centre and specialized women’s health facility in the province.
Battered Women’s Support Services provides counselling and advocacy for women survivors of violence in relationships. We also provide education and training on violence against women and related issues
Operates 24-hour a crisis line for survivors of rape or sexual violence, offering information, immediate support, and referral. Also provides support groups, advocacy; assistance with completion of legal forms and compensation applications; information and referral; and accompaniment to police, hospital, and court.
Transition houses provide temporary housing in a safe, secure environment for women and their children leaving abusive relationships.
Free community-based counselling programs for women who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence or childhood abuse.
Non-profit organization which provides resources, newsletter, education and activities to parents and families.
The blurb is YWCA Single Mothers’ Support Services offers a variety of services meant to be empowering, informative and fun for single mothers and their children.
Non-profit society providing resources, newsletter, education and activities to single parents.
Free community-based program provides individual and group counselling services for children who witness abuse of a parent.