Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Mental Health and Substance Use

Primary care plays an important role in supporting the mental health needs of patients, with the understanding that people are most likely to discuss their mental health concerns with their family physician before any other provider.  Through Vancouver Division’s work in developing resources for family physicians, as well as our networks and partnerships in Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU), we have access to and knowledge of many valuable MHSU programs, services and resources in our community. We have organized and compiled this list below. Our hope is to help find the right connection for those in need of support. 

The list below begins with a number of more comprehensive websites for further information. For Vancouver Division members, these and additional resources are available through the Pathways System. If you have recommended updates and resources to share, please email us at vancouver@divisionsbc.ca.

 

Comprehensive Resources

Open Mind BC: Doctors of BC mental health website resource for family doctors.

Delta Division: In partnership with Delta LAT, a website for mental health resources.

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: A BC Children's Hospital initiative, this provincial source provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support for children, youth and families. 

Family Connections/ Spotlight on Mental Health: Published by Vancouver Coastal Health Family Support and Involvement, Mental Health & Substance Use Services this resource lists a variety of low or no cost programs to provide families with information, education, referral and supports. 

Get Connected: A listing of support services available in Vancouver compiled by the CMHA, which includes a number of free and or affordable counselling, online tools, workshops and gatherings, complementary health and financial ideas to provide support.

 

Free or Low Cost Counselling

Moving Forward Family Services: Sliding scale counselling & support for patients in need.

Gordon Neighbourhood House: Free counselling programs.

ProChoices: Donation-based counselling services.

 

Patient Peer and Family Support

Peer Navigators: A Canadian Mental Health Association program connecting participants to 'Peers' with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use concerns, to provide support and access to services related to physical and mental health, substance use, income, housing, legal, referrals, and community connections. 

Family Connections/ Spotlight on Mental Health: Published by Vancouver Coastal Health Family Support and Involvement, Mental Health & Substance Use Services this resource lists a variety of low or no cost programs to provide families with information, education, referral and supports.

 

Online Resources and Information

Kelty's Key: A Vancouver Coastal Health online cognitive behavioural therapy program.

Delta Divison LAT website has a comprehensive online support resources: 

 

Child and Youth Resources

Student Health Information Sharing Form, From Primary Care Providers to School Staff: This 2-page fillable form is a communication tool for primary care providers to share student information with the student’s school staff. The categories in the form identify key information that the school staff are interested in learning about the student.

Student Health Information Sharing From School Staff to Primary Care Providers: If you are a school teacher, counselor, or any school staff working with a student and have concerns or questions about the student’s behavior that warrants involvement of the student’s family physician, please complete this form.

Youth Resource Directory: A reference for Vancouver Youth Mental Health Services & Resources.

YMCA free mental health mindfulness programs for teens and youth

  • Mind Fit, (Ages 13-19): A free physical activity & mental wellness program for teens to learn how to cope with low mood & stress. 
  • Teen Mindfulness, (Ages 13-17): A free mindfulness group for teens to learn how to deal with stress & worries.
  • Youth Mindfulness, (Ages 18-30): A free mindfulness group for youth to learn how to deal with stress.

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness

Vancouver Division CBT Skills Group Program: Psycho-educational CBT groups, providing insight and tools. 

CBT Resources: A Vancouver Division compiled reference sheet for CBT resources.

The Breathr Mindfulness App: Developed by BC Children’s Hospital medical professionals, mindfulness experts and youth, this informed and evidence-based resource aims to reduce stress, maintain focus and contribute to overall mental wellness of youth. 


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