Emergency Resources

In an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you need support right now, please reach out to one of the following agencies:

Short-term non-judgemental support, crisis intervention, information, and resources for people of all ages including folks from senior, youth, military, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA2S+ communities, as well as public access to Mental Health and Substance Use crisis teams in communities served by Island Health.

+1-888-494-3888 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)

+1-250-800-3806 (6 pm – 10 pm, 7 days a week)

www.vicrisis.ca (6 pm – 10 pm, 7 days a week)

Non-emergency information on how to access alternatives to toxic drug supply and substance use services, or for help navigating the mental health system.

+8-1-1 (any time of the day or night)

For the deaf and hard of hearing: +7-1-1 (TTY) or for VRS, visit Video Relay Services to sign up, then give them the number 604-215-5101.

A counselling, referral and support service for children and youth under the age of 20 years old. Professional counsellors provide support to young people who are dealing with a problem, making a hard decision, or concerned with feelings or mood.  The service is free, confidential, anonymous and available 24 hours a day.


Text 686868


Free, confidential information and referral services to British Columbians in need of support with any kind of substance use issue (alcohol or other drugs). Referral to community substance use treatment services is available for all ages. Information available from ADIRS includes prevention resources, support groups, and addiction related topics such as fetal alcohol syndrome. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

+1-800-663-1441 (multilingual telephone assistance is available)

Provides support and information and can lead to emergency housing for people who identify as women and are currently experiencing intimate partner violence and abuse. Family and friends as well as professionals can also call for support and information 24 hours a day.



First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples helping First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples.


+1-833-MétisBC (Métis Line)


Educational Resources

If you are looking to learn about one of the following topics, here are some resources I recommend:

  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Wasn’t), by Brené Brown
  • The Gifts Of Imperfection, by Brené Brown
  • TED Talk: The Power of Vulnerability, by Brené Brown
  • How to Understand Your Sexuality: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are, by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi
  • Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, by Emily Nagoski
  • Gender: Your Guide, by Lee Airton
  • The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, by Sonya Renee Taylor
  • Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
  • The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine N. Aron
  • The Dance of Anger, by Harriet Lerner
  • Attached. The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love, by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Kids Are Worth It, by Barbara Coloroso
  • The New Speaking of Sex, by Meg Hickling (For Parents)
  • Boys, Girls, and Body Science, by Meg Hickling (For Kids)
  • The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman (WARNING, although I like the information in this book, it uses very heteronormative language. If this will distress you, please do not read it.)
  • The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work, by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver