Organizations Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use in B.C.

Aboriginal

Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias

  • Alzheimer Society of British Columbia 
    A non-profit organization that provides education and support to people with Alzheimer’s disease, and their families, physicians and health care providers.

Anxiety

Children and Youth

  • Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups BC/Yukon Assembly
    Al-Anon, known as Alateen for younger members, is an international organization that offers self-help programs for families and friends of alcoholics, within a policy of anonymity.
  • Alcohol-Drug Education Service
    An agency which promotes healthy life-styles by preventing and/or reducing the problem use of alcohol and other drugs through education and advocacy.
  • Child and Youth Mental Health – B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development
    The Ministry of Children and Family Development provides a wide range of community-based specialized mental health services to mentally ill children and their families.
  • HeretoHelp
    HeretoHelp is a website of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, groups working together to help people better prevent and manage mental health and substance use problems and live a healthier life.
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
    A resource for children, youth and families related to mental health and substance use issues located at the BC Children’s Hospital site.
  • Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
    As part of Children’s and Women’s Health Centre, this provincial facility offers specialized services to children (birth to age 19) with disabilities, their families and communities throughout British Columbia.
  • The F.O.R.C.E Society for Kid’s Mental Health
    A society which provides information and resources for parents of children with mental illness.

Criminal Justice

Depression and Mood Disorders

Developmental Disabilities

  • Asante Centre
    The site provides information and resources on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism spectrum disorder and other complex developmental needs, as well as details on the Asante Centre and its services.
  • Autism Society of British Columbia
    A non-profit organization which aims to promote understanding, acceptance, and full community inclusion for people with autism in British Columbia. They provide referral, advocacy, information and support services.
  • Community Living British Columbia
    This organization delivers support and services to people with developmental disabilities, children with special needs and their families in British Columbia.
  • Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Advance Practice
    DDMHBC Advance Practice is a community resource and online learning program to ensure continued education and professional development for families, caregivers, and professionals to develop skills and understanding in the area of Intellectual Disability / Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health.
  • Family Support Institute
    A non-profit organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability.
  • Inclusion BC
    This organization delivers support and services to people with developmental disabilities, children with special needs and their families in British Columbia.

Disability

Eating Disorders

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

  • Asante Centre
    The site provides information and resources on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism spectrum disorder and other complex developmental needs, as well as details on the Asante Centre and its services.
  • FASD Information Service
    This service provides links to support groups, prevention projects, resource centres and experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
  • FASlink
    FASlink is a Canadian Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society which provides support, information, advocacy and a discussion forum.

Gambling

  • B.C. Partnership for Responsible Gambling
    A partnership between the B.C. government, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, B.C.'s gaming service providers and local governments. The site provides useful information on responsible gambling and assistance for those seeking help for problem gambling.
  • Canada’s Safety Council
    A national charitable organization dedicated to safety with a mission to reduce preventable deaths, injuries and economic loss in public and private places throughout Canada. The council considers gambling addiction a community safety and crime prevention issue.
  • Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch – B.C. Ministry of Finance
    The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch regulates all gaming in British Columbia. The site includes information and support for problem gambling.

Health Authorities

Housing

Income and Employment Support

Legal Services

LGBTQ2S

  • C.A.L.L OUT
    C.A.L.L OUT is a program that engages LGBT2Q+ youth ages 15-24 in meaningful activities to build their skills and connect them to their communities to empower them to make healthier choices about drug and alcohol use and overall well-being.
  • Prism Alcohol and Drug Services
    A Vancouver Coastal Health service, which provides counselling and groups for substance-use-affected lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gendered, queer and Two Spirit communities.
  • QMUNITY
    QMUNITY is BC’s queer resource centre – the hub for the lesbian, gay, trans*, bi and queer community program, training and advocacy. Health related resources are available including mental health and substance use.

Mental Health and Substance Use Organizations

Professional Colleges and Associations

Psychosis

  • British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
    A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families, educating the public and advocating for better services for people with schizophrenia and other serious and persistent mental illness.
  • Schizophrenia Society of Canada
    An organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research.
  • Early Psychosis Advanced Practice
    This website was created with the intent of providing unified resource about Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) for the province of British Columbia:

Research Institutes

  • Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
    A national agency that informs decisions, actions and the public debate on substance abuse issues.
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    An Ontario public hospital providing direct patient care for people with mental health and addiction problems. The centre is also a research facility, an educational and training institute, and a community-based organization providing health promotion and prevention services.
  • Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia
    A partnership between the University of Victoria and B.C.’s other four major universities, with a mission to create an internationally recognized centre dedicated to research and knowledge exchange on substance use, harm reduction and addiction.
  • Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction
    A research centre within the faculty of health sciences at Simon Fraser University. Their mandate is to conduct research that can be applied to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of mental health and addiction services in British Columbia.
  • Children’s Health Policy Centre
    An interdisciplinary research group in the faculty of health sciences at Simon Fraser University.
  • Human Early Learning Partnership
    A collaborative, interdisciplinary research network based at UBC.
  • McCreary Centre Society
    A non-government not-for-profit committed to improving the health of B.C. youth through research, education and community based projects.
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
    The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research supports a vibrant research community in B.C. that is recognized worldwide for innovative discoveries that improve health and save lives.

Self-Help and Support Organizations

Tobacco

  • Tobacco Control Program
    A provincially-funded program which provides prevention, cessation and enforcement resources to B.C. health and education professionals, school and community-based prevention workers, government and non-government agencies, health authorities and any organization working in tobacco prevention, cessation or control.
  • Quit Now
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