Mental Wellness

Mental Health issues strike many people. Some may face short-term crisis while others struggle in low grade depressions or with other disorders (i.e. stress, anxiety) for a long-time.

Statistics show that LGBTTQA+ youth are at higher risk for mental health risks (including suicide). 

Resources for Immediate Help

For anonymous and free support and counseling services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, please call:

KIDS HELP PHONE at 1-800-668-6868.  Or YouthinBC Crisis Line at 1-866-661-3311 

There is also the on-line crisis chat service, where you can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Vancouver Crisis Centre, where the service is based. They have information so you can learn more on a variety of youth-related issues, as well as a resource list of organizations and websites where you can get help.  You can also get support via email by writing to

Another great resource is the (all ages) Provincial Crisis Line 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) through the B.C. Crisis Centre

Metanoia - Contains conversations and writings for suicidal persons to read. If you’re feeling at all suicidal, be sure to read this page before you take any action.

The Trevor Project is a U.S.-based program to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Altough many of its resources are available only if you are in the U.S. (eg. 1-800 counselling), the website contains many educational resources, including: Suicide Warning Signs, How to Help Someone.

Centre for Suicide Prevention - Site contains a section on resources with downable reference cards and other material.

If You Need Help – Telephone and online resources for immediate help or for questions. MCFD


Geographic Offices - Near You

Canadian Mental Health Association - Kamloops Branch

Interior Health - Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Ministry of Children and Family Development – Child & Youth Mental Health Offices across the Interior

Canadian Mental Health Association -  Locations Across the Interior 

Interior Health - Mental Health Services in the Interior for ages 19+ 

On Line Resources to Help With Depression, Anxiety and Stress

The Mood Gym - Free self-paced guide to learning Cognitive Behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression 

Mindcheck - This website was created to assist young people better understand distress they are experiencing and to link them to resources that will enable them to learn skills and strategies to manage these problems.

Anti-Depressant Skills for Teens Explains depression and teaches three main skills you can use to help overcome or prevent depression. The skills are presented in a step-by-step way so that you may learn them easily and apply them to your life. Sometimes these antidepressant skills can be used on their own, when the mood problem isn't too severe, and sometimes they have to be used along with treatments prescribed by professionals. Either way, practicing these antidepressant skills will help you deal more effectively with low mood and depression. - This is a place for youth and emerging adults to access info, resources and tools during tough times. Help yourself. Help each other. Share what you live and know.

Fact Sheets and Information Sites

Preventing Suicide in Children and Youth - Children's Mental Health Research Quarterly Vol.3, No.4 2009. There are some excellent videos that accompany the pdf version of this journal.

“Before-the-Fact¨ Interventions: A Manual of Best Practices in Youth Suicide Prevention - The manual reviews youth suicide in British Columbia, describes a model for thinking about and organizing suicide prevention programs and services, provides information for 15 youth suicide prevention "best practices" strategies and introduces guidelines for community efforts. It includes summary pages, checklists, and resources.

BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions InformationHere-to-Help is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information who have been working together to help individuals and families better manage mental health and substance use problems; Fact sheets specifically focused on suicide and mental health issues. 

 For Aboriginal Communities

National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy - Found on the Health Canada website, this reports focuses on strategies to prevent Aboriginal Youth Suicide. It includes sections such as suicide risk factors, primary, secondary & tertiary prevention, evaluation & research development and goals & objectives of the program.

Centre for Suicide Prevention - This link leads to a great resource tool kit to help deal with increased suicide rates among Aboriginal youth.  There is information on risk factors and prevention.

Suicide Prevention and Two-Spirited People - This document from the First Nations Centre and the National Aboriginal Health Organization has information on Two-Spirit people, the risks of suicide, mental health, sources of strength & support, how people can help someone who is suffering from suicidal thoughts and a glossary.

Fraser Health Suicide Prevention Guide - This comprehensive guide from the Fraser Health Authority covers: risk factors, suicide rates, prevention, intervention, postvention, resources and programs.

Aboriginal Youth: A Manual of Promising Suicide Prevention Strategies - The purpose of the manual is to provide high quality and user-friendly advice and information in order to facilitate the development of successful suicide prevention programs for Canada’s Aboriginal youth (Note: free download option).