A list of mental health resources available during COVID-19
Bounce Back – Reclaim Your Health
For adults and youth in multiple languages: weekly calls and homework with a personal coach in response to depression, anxiety, stress and worry; program expanded to include COVID-19 and no doctor’s referral needed.
Living Life to the Full
For adults, youth 13-18 and seniors: skills-based, eight-week online course based on CBT delivered in 90-minute group sessions.
Virtual Mental Health Support for Victims of Family or Sexual Violence
Immediate 24/7 crisis support by phone 1-800-563-0808.
Managing COVID-19 Anxiety for Adults and Children
Tip sheets for managing COVID-19 anxiety.
National campaign that shares virtual activities to support everyone’s wellness
Mental Health Checks
For all ages in multiple languages: check-in in light of COVID-19; not for diagnosis but for immediate support and recommended resources
Wellness Module 10: Staying Mentally Healthy with Technology
A self-study module for all ages to help find balance with technology
24/7 Distress Phone Service and Online Distress Service
For all ages 604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444; also responds to 1-800-SUICIDE and 310-6789
For adults only
Peer Support (coming soon)
Expanded access to peer support and system navigation for people living with mental illness or substance use problems; will be based out of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) branches across BC.
For adults in multiple languages: expanded COVID-19 funding to serve more people through community organizations; counselling by phone or online.
COVID-19 Psychological Support Service
Free of charge for BC residents (19+) phone counseling, as often and as much a needed between 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. for adults affected by COVID-19 pandemic; psychologists registered with College of Psychology of British Columbia are volunteering their time to provide this service.
For Indigenous people
For children and youth only
As of April 20, 2020, young people 12-24 and their families will be able to access youth-focused virtual clinics in all nine existing Foundry centres offering counselling, peer support, primary care and family support through voice calls, video and chat.
Young people 13-30 can sign up for six-seven week long programs online for free starting early May 2020; program helps young people cope with stress, worry and anxiety.
A free online resource for students, parents and educators to support social and emotional well-being for remote learning during COVID-19.
For parents and caregivers
Confident Parents: Thriving Kids
Free 6-12 weekly coaching sessions with exercises and workbooks and trained coaches to support parents to effectively reduce mild to moderate anxiety in their children.
Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE) at Home
Collection of evidence-informed anxiety prevention and resilience-building resources for use with students in grades K-7; classroom has been adapted for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children’s well-being.
Safer Seniors, Strong Communities
Province expanded funding to BC211 to match volunteers to seniors whose support network has been affected by COVID-19; service takes calls from seniors to help with check-ins, grocery shopping and pharmacy drop offs.
Mobile Response Team
During COVID-19 pandemic, the team’s mandate has expanded from supporting frontline workers in response to overdose to also include supporting the mental well-being and psychological safety of frontline workers in response to COVID-19; support available 24/7 1-888-686-3022 or email MRT@phsa.ca.
Care for Caregivers
For workers responding to COVID-19: training and education resources to improve psychological health and well-being; partnership between SafeCare BC and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Peer Support for Care Workers (coming soon)
Confidential peer support for long-term care and home support workers that is a new COVID-19 phone or text service staffed by former workers.
Other COVID-19 related supports