Pointing You In The Right Direction
We provide a set of resources based on the most common requests from our readers and listeners. This includes links to help you navigate crisis, online therapy, online AA/NA, and learning modules for improved wellness. Please check out the subheadings in the drop down menu above to see a breakdown by, Mental Health, Addiction, etc.
International Crisis Contacts
**If you are in crisis and are experiencing thoughts of harming yourself or others, it is critical that you reach out to a healthcare professional. If you do not have a counsellor or other mental health professional that you have previously connect with, go to the closest emergency department for help.
If you are in personal crisis but feel like your situation is currently manageable, please consider contacting one of the following international resources:
LGBTQ Crisis Resources
The following is a curated list of resources for the LGBTQ community in the event that an individuals requires increased emotional support.
**Please note: If you are experiencing a personal crisis and feel that you will not be able to remain safe, contact your established healthcare provider or walk into the closest emergency department.
- The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
- oSTEM Crisis Hotline: Txt - 1-313-662-8209
- Trans Lifeline: (USA) - 1-877-565-8860, or (CAN) 1-877-330-6366
- GLBT National Help Centre Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743
- Fenway Health Helpline: 1-888-340-4528
- Prism Services of Vancouver British Columbia: 604-331-8900
- QMunity - Vancouver British Columbia: 604-684-5307
Talkspace Online Therapy
Benefits of Talkspace:
- Online therapy with a licensed clinician
- Brief assessment to match you with the right therapist
- Easy to access therapy right from your device
- Ability to reach out 24/7 with no appointments needed
- Cost effective service ranging from $65 to $100 per week
How to Access
On the front page of the Talkspace website, you will find a button titled, "Get matched now!" Once you hit that, you will be taken to a chat agent to start the online therapy process.
Bounce Back Resources and Coaching
What is Bounce Back?
Bounce Back, a service supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association and Provincial Health Services, is a free online mood therapy program. The program services individuals fifteen and over. Services include up to six session with an online coach and online materials providing tools to support your wellness journey.
Who Can Refer to Bounce Back?
In order to participate in the program, individuals must be connected to a healthcare professional and live in British Columbia, Canada You physician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or secondary school counsellor can forward your referral to the program.
Have More Questions:
If you have further questions for the Bounce Back Program, please reach out to the following:
- 1 (866) 639 0522
Kelty’s Key Online Therapy
Kelty's Key is an online therapy and self-help program accessible to anyone living in the Provence of British Columbia, Canada. Supported by Vancouver Coastal Health, all services come at no charge.
You have the opportunity to engage with a one-to-one training clinician, and/or tap into modules allowing you to work at your own pace. Content areas in the modules include:
- Chronic Pain
- Complicated Grief
- Family Support
- Substance Use
Kelty's Key also has a resource to help you find an online therapist anywhere in the Greater Vancouver area.
Online SMART Recovery Meetings
SMART Recovery (Self-Managed and Recovery Training), support individuals who abstain or are trying to abstain from all types of addictive behaviours. The SMART model does not adhere to the AA/NA approach to abstinence.
SMART Recovery attempts the following:
- Promotes self-empowerment and self-reliance.
- Encourages individuals to recover and live happy lives.
- Provides tools for self-directed change.
- Utilizes education and open discussion to promote change.
- Does not oppose prescribed medications and psychological treatments.
- Evolves with scientific knowledge and consensus.
You can access the SMART Recovery Online Community year round, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. You must register to access the forum, online chat, and online meetings provided at smartrecovery.org.
Online NA Meetings
Following is a list of recommended Narcotics Anonymous meetings occurring online. We put together a list of online resources from around the world:
Online AA Meetings
The Finding My Psych team recommends the following online AA meetings. We put together a list of resources from around the world:
Fundamentals of Addiction – CAMH
This course is put on by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). In this course, you will gain a broad understanding of addiction through the lens of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), including both substance misuse and problem gambling. Through a biopsychosocial perspective, the course covers social determinants of health, harm reduction, screening and assessment methods in addictions, treatment, and legal/ethical considerations.
This 8-week online course is intended for professionals working with those presenting with addiction issues. The cost of the course is $425.00 as listed on the CAMH website.
If you are interested in this course by CAMH, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.