Community support and health and wellness resources available during the pandemic.

Across B.C. and Canada, individuals are maintaining physical distancing and staying at home to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families across our region can rely on accurate information about COVID-19 health and wellness at fraserhealth.ca/COVID19. You can also find COVID-19 information from other credible, official sources, such as the B.C. Government and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

In addition to this general information, the South Asian Health Institute team has compiled a list of some online services, events and resource lines and services in multiple languages that support the South Asian community.

Trusted sources like the BCCDC and Fraser Health are good places to get COVID-19 updates and you can follow along on Facebook for the most recent information. If you have general questions about COVID-19, the Surrey North Delta Division of Family Practice has set up a hotline at 1-888-268-4319 with accurate answers available in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic and other languages. Fact sheets on COVID-19 health and safety during isolation and additional COVID-19 resources in other languages, including Punjabi and Hindi are also available. 

Who to call for culturally sensitive crisis counselling and substance use support

DIVERSEcity, a non-profit community resource society in Surrey, has a good page of COVID-19 resources, plus has counselling sessions via phone available to Fraser Health residents in multiple languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and others. Email counsellingservices@dcrs.ca for information.

Moving Forward Family Services in Surrey is also offering free emotional support by phone in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu and low-cost counselling by calling or texting 778-321-3054, emailing counsellor@movingforwardfamilyservices.com or filling in this application form.

The Roshni Clinic offers culturally safe mental health, alcohol and drug use counselling and program support and has virtual appointments available by phone or online.

The NISA Helpline has a toll free counselling and support line for Muslim women and offers free online webinars and resources in dealing with stress and anxiety during this time. Call 1-888-315-6472 or email info@nisahelpline.com.

MOSAIC, a non-profit in Surrey, offers culturally safe outreach emergency support for women experiencing sexual or gender-based violence by calling 236-521-7080 or emailing women.support@mosaicbc.org.

International student support is available through the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society which is running a new immigrant and student helpline at 604-618-5114 and 604-543-9442. One Voice Canada also offers an international student helpline at 1-833-316-6423.

Other general virtual mental health supports are available through the BC government, which has listings of a variety of psychological services. The new BC COVID-19 Mental Health Network is also offering free short-term one on one counselling for people struggling with COVID-19 related impacts. Email bccovidtherapists@gmail.com.

This Fraser Health Crisis Line is also available 24/7 to address COVID-19 related anxiety, depression and other mental health issues at 1-877-820-7444.


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