Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
It’s okay to feel sad sometimes – everyone has bad days or can feel down. But what about depression? Is it the same as feeling sad?
Depression is a type of mood disorder. It can change the way you feel and act and can also affect your ability to function in your daily life. It has both mental and physical symptoms – it’s different from typical feelings of sadness or grief.
This disorder affects people of all ages and stages of life. People who are depressed can’t just, “snap out of it”. You can’t make it just go away.
Depression is a common health condition. It is not a personal weakness and it is not anyone’s fault; it is a disease. There are also different reasons why depression happens.
Why do I feel depressed?
Depression can start for many different reasons, or sometimes, for no reason at all. Sometimes it can be linked to a family history of depression (your genes) or stressful life events – like the loss of a job or loved one, the end of a relationship, or other pressures.
Depression is related to irregularities with your brain’s activity levels, and chemicals in your brain that can become out of balance.
A free online, video and phone-based coaching program.
BounceBack™ is for youth, adults, and seniors who are experiencing low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, or worry. This program gives participants access to workbooks, activities, videos and a trained coach who can provide up to six sessions over the phone.
Choose a program delivery method that works best for you. Programs are available in English, French Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi.
BounceBack ™ is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for all, as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Confidential, free counselling and referral services available to all B.C. registered post-secondary students through the Here2Talk by app, over the phone or online chat.
Visit the website or download the app to start a chat session with a trained counsellor, no appointments needed. The Here2Talk app is available on both the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Professional counsellors can help support with feelings of isolation, loneliness or depression; general and school-related stress and anxiety; communication and time management skills; adapting to student life; and more.
Here2Talk was launched by the Government of BC and is currently available in English and French. Additional languages can be requested. Staff will match callers with counsellors that can support preferred languages, to the best of their ability.
This free, anonymous self-assessment tool helps you understand how you are feeling and reflect on your mental, physical and social well-being.
In a dozen questions, the Mental Health Check-in will ask you about sleep, eating, stress, mood, substance use, social support, and thoughts of harming yourself. It is anonymous and there is no right or wrong answer.
It is not a clinical test; if you think you might have a mental illness, talk with a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health professional, call 8-1-1.
The Mental Health Check-in is available in English, French and Traditional Chinese. It is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for all, as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
KUU-US Crisis Line Society is based in Port Alberni but provides support to Indigenous peoples throughout B.C.
Crisis phone operators provide a non-judgmental space for callers to talk and help with problem solving. KUU-US maintains and in-depth referral database and can access whether callers need outreach services.
This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.