“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

— African Proverb

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Resources for the Public

Important Phone Numbers

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

    • 1 866-866-0800 General enquiries
    • 1-800-661-8773 Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) General enquiries

Mental Health Contacts

If you or someone you know needs help, call one of the numbers below:

  • 9-1-1 if you are in an emergency.
  • 8-1-1 for non-emergency information on how to access alternatives to toxic drug supply and substance use services
  • 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) if you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be.
  • 310Mental Health Support at 310-6789 (no area code needed) for emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health.
  • Kid’s Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to speak to a professional counsellor, 24 hours a day.
  • Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service at 1-800-663-1441 (toll-free in B.C.) or 604-660-9382 (in the Lower Mainland) to find resources and support.
Employment Services and Support

WorkBC – government website with resources that connects you to training and job opportunities.

Leisure and Activities

Calendar for Connection – calendar of fun and inclusive events to help people connect with others during COVID.

Mental Health and Wellness

HealthLink BC

An extensive list of mental health resources and phone numbers available to you. This is your ultimate mental health access site.

Virtual Mental Health Supports

Extensive links to workshops, events, free/low cost counselling, other resources, etc. 

Here to Help

Information on how to access free or low cost counselling.

Bounce Back BC 

This is a web based program to help people aged 15 yr or older to develop skills to work through anxiety, depression, stress and worry. You can work online or with a coach over the phone.

Wellness Together Canada 

This is an online portal that allows Canadians to access self-assessments, self-directed e-mental health tools, peer support and live counselling by telephone, video and text.

Trauma Resources and Trauma Informed Practice

Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

Resources and training on how to work with people with trauma, and work through personal trauma and crisis. Training, resources, videos, books, etc.

Person Centered Plans and Goals

Coming up with goals can be challenging for some people. For others, it’s motivating and inspirational. There is no one way to do goal planning. The important thing is for you to decide what’s important to you, what changes you would like to see in your life, and what resources you have to help you achieve those changes so you can live your ideal life.

Here’s a little toolkit that might help you get into the process of looking at goals and what’s important to you. Again, there isn’t a right or wrong way of doing this. This is your life, and you get to choose what you do with it. Play with this, explore, and have fun! You may be pleasantly surprised at what comes out of it.

Person-Centred Planning Outline – A step by step guide on how to do a person centred plan.

Person Centred Planning Toolkit –  Provides questions to ask to help with developing goals; examples of what your plan can look like; and things to consider when developing your plan.

PATH Template – Blank template for you to use through the process, but feel free to change it to something that will work for you. Be creative! Have fun!

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