This list includes agencies and organizations on the North Shore, other mental health organizations, a selection of library materials for all members of your family, clinical supports, spiritual care and religious resources and 24/7 phone supports.
Mental Health and Wellness
North Shore Wellness and Resilience Centre
In the response to the events that took place in Lynn Valley Village on Saturday afternoon, North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM), with the support of all three North Shore municipalities, has set up a Wellness & Resilience Centre, offering virtual services.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
The Canadian Mental Health Association is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. There are branches to serve residents in both North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Resources for coping after a traumatic event are available.
Family Services of the North Shore
Family Services of the North Shore offers counselling, support, education, and volunteer engagement opportunities to help you reach your full potential throughout your life, whenever you need us most.
Foundry North Shore
Foundry North Shore offers young people 12-24 access to mental health and substance use support, primary care, peer support and social services.
HelpGuide is a small independent nonprofit that runs one of the world’s top 10 mental health websites. They have produced a resource list on Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events.
Hollyburn Family Services
Hollyburn provides a range of professional counselling services to individuals, couples and families, supports families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders, provides residential care for children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, and offers training and support to foster parents and extended families.
North Shore Multicultural Society
North Shore Multicultural Society is a full-service community agency, providing a wide range of settlement services as well as leadership in the building of inclusive communities. Resources for Coping with Traumatic Events are available in English, Farsi and Chinese.
Public Health Agency of Canada
When events touch our lives more closely, they can cause a lot of distress, fear and anxiety. It is important to be aware that stressful feelings are normal when our lives are touched by catastrophic events, and that there are steps we can take to feel better. The Public Health Agency of Canada has prepared helping information on responding to stressful or traumatic events.
Resources are available for all ages:
- > Responding to Stressful Events: Helping Children Cope
- > Responding to Stressful Events: Helping Teens Cope
- > Responding to Stressful Events: Taking Care of Ourselves, Our Families and Our Communities
- > Responding to Stressful Events: Self-Care for Caregivers
Government of BC: Victim Services
Anyone who has been a victim of crime in British Columbia, their family members and witnesses can use victim services. Services include: help understanding and dealing with the effects of a crime, emotional support, referrals to other community agencies that can help, and more.
On the shelf at the NVDPL
North Shore Libraries can provide suggestions for library materials on building resilience for yourself, children, or members of your family. Get in touch with your local library if you are looking for recommendations for addressing grief and loss and traumatic events at home.
Children’s materials at NVDPL
Adult and young adult materials at NVDPL
Clinical supports via referral
- >Family Services of the North Shore
- > Hollyburn Family Services
- > Canadian Mental Health Association North and West Vancouver Branch
- > Dr. Patrick Ducklow – contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiritual care and religious supports
- > St. Clement’s Anglican Church: email@example.com or 604-619-5576
- > West Lynn Baptist Church: Hamish Buntain: firstname.lastname@example.org or Casey Cleland: email@example.com
- > St Martin’s Anglican Church: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-985-5919
- > North Shore Alliance Church: Dave Sattler: email@example.com – 604-984-6422 X 223
- > St. Andrew’s United Church: 604-985-0408
- > Highlands United Church: 604-980-6071
- > St Andre’s and St. Stephan’s Presbyterian: Jamie Anderson: Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-879-9629
- > West Vancouver Baptist Church: 604-922-5323
- > St. Christopher’s Church: email@example.com
- > Congregation HarEl, The Centre for Jewish Life on the North Shore: 604-925-6488
- > St. David’s United Church: firstname.lastname@example.org
24/7 phone supports
- > Mental Health BC Online: 310-6789 (no area code needed) operates 24/7
- > RCMP Crisis Intervention Unit: Contact through RCMP at 604-969-7540
- > VictimLinkBC: A toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed by calling or texting 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca.