Counseling & Mental Health

>Aboriginal Wellness Program
The Aboriginal Wellness Program provides Aboriginal adult victim support, mental health and substance use counseling, and group education.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Support Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are free fellowships of individuals who seek to recover from substance use and alcoholism, sustain sobriety, and share their experience and strength with other individuals on the same path. To find a meeting or a fellowship near you, please browse through the following:

>Association of BC First Nations Treatment Programs
The Community Addictions Specialists of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation (NNAPF) work towards empowering First Nations and Inuit to address substance use and related issues.

>Battered Women Support Service (BWSS)
Battered Women Support Service provides women survivors of relationship violence with free counseling ad advocacy services.

>Downtown Community Health Centre
The Downtown Community Health Centre hold a number of programs related to mental health and substance use counseling.

>Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provides women and children with resources, support, counseling, and harm reduction programs.

>Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Offers multilingual individual and family counseling and support to individual dealing with issues ranging from trauma from sexual and/or domestic abuse to substance use issues.

>Family Services of the North Shore
Family Services of the North Shore is a community-based agency that offers a range of education, support, and counseling services to families with children that are no more than six years old.

>From Grief to Action
From Grief to Action  provides resources and support to all those who know someone, or who is personally dealing with substance use issues.

>GriefWorks BC
Children’s & Women’s Health Centre
4500 Oak St St, room E 405
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

>Grief and Loss at BC Children’s Hospital
Specialized grief and loss counseling, information and education for children, teenagers, and adults.

>Here to Help
Here to Help website provides individuals with information, link to personal stories,  and resources about mental health and/or substance use.

>Multicultural Family Support Services Society
The Multicultural Family Support Society provides multilingual, confidential, and culturally appropriate services to women and their families facing family violence.

>Native Health Education Centre: Family Violence Resource Centre
The Family Violence Resource Centre offers relationship violence and/or sexual abuse counseling, education, and information services that have been tailored to the needs of Aboriginal communities.

>Oak Counseling Services Society
Provides multicultural and multilingual counseling services to individuals, couples, and families, on a number of topics ranging from grief to parenting difficulties.

>Pacific Postpartum Support Society (PPSS)
The Pacific Postpartum Support Society provides a range of free or low-cost programs, services, and telephone support for women dealing with issues like depression, anxiety, and difficult pregnancy or postpartum adjustment.

>Parents Without Parents (Surrey Chapter)
Parents Without Parents is an international organization that provides single parents and their children with support and education to enhance personal growth, empathy, and self-confidence.

>SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training)
SMART Recovery uses evidence-based, non-confrontational motivational, behavioral, and cognitive methods to assist individuals along the path to their recovery from alcohol and drug dependence.

>Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)
Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture offers free, culturally sensitive settlement, counseling and community-based programs to refugees and newcomers who have endured torture, trauma, and/or political violence.

>Vancouver Native Health Society
The Vancouver Native Health Society provides free  mental health, alcohol, and drug counseling to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men and women.

>Woman’s Addiction Foundation
The Woman’s Addiction Foundation provides  holistic education and treatment programs to help women with the challenges of overcoming substance misuse.

>YWCA Single Mother’s Network
YWCA’s Single Mother’s Network provides women with an opportunity to meet other single mothers in their community, share their stories, and form strong social networks.


Suggested Readings

Emotional Life of a Toddler
Alicia F. Lieberman

“Lieberman shows that the toddler is torn between the strong desire to remain close to the parent and the equally compelling drive to explore new and exciting surroundings. The author discusses how a child can be helped to achieve a balance between these conflicting desires, to feel both confident and outgoing as well as protected and comforted when necessary.”–from the Publisher

Click here to find it in a library near you!

Parenting from Inside Out
Daniel Siegel & Mary Hartzell





Click here to find it in a library near you!

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
Judith Herman





Click here to find it in a library near you!

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