UBCLC Counselling Support

Learning Circle counselling and wellness support resources

Crisis support 

Support via telephone

  • KUU-US Crisis line (24 hr, toll free): 1-800-588-8717 ; Locally: Adults and Elders at 250-723-4050 ; Children and youth at 250-723-2040
  • Trans Lifeline helpline (24 hr): 1-877-565-8860
  • Crisis Centre BC (24 hr): 1-800-784-2433 
  • Crisis Services Canada (24 hr): 1-833-456-4566
  • Hope for Wellness Help Line (24 hr): 1-855-242-3310
  • 310 Mental Health Support (24 hr toll free): 310-6789
  • Tsow Tun Le Lum: Phone 1-888-403-3123 to access the following cultural supports Levi Martin, James Quatell and Mike Kelly
  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS): Phone 1-800-721-0066 or 604-985-4464 to access the following cultural supports: Sadie McPhee, Gertie Pierre or Yvonne Rigby Jones. Emotional mental health and counselling services will be accessible from the IRSSS Resolution Health Support Workers.
  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line and On-line Counselling Service: toll-free at 1-855-242-3310 or through hopeforwellness.ca
  • The Metis Crisis Line: available 24 hours a day: 1-833-638-4722

Support via online chat

Other mental health support resources (for all ages):

Other culturally safe supports:

  •  FNHA Virtual Doctor of the Day – website
  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society – website
  • Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society – website
  • FNHA Virtual Substance Use & Psychiatry Service – website

Services covered by First Nations Health Benefits:

  • Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program – 1-877-477-0775
  • Mental Health & Wellness Counselling in BC – https://www.fnha.ca/benefits/mental-health o Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Health Support Services – 1-855-550-5454
  • Suicide prevention toolkit 

Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society – ONE-TO-ONE & GROUP COUNSELLING

Schedule a talking session with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper. All scheduled appointment time frames are up to 60 minutes.

  • Chief Bill Williams, Elder and Hereditary Chief (Squamish)
  • Eugene Harry (XiQuelum), Elder and Spiritual Worker (Malahat, Cowichan, Lummi, Squamish)
  • Nina Thomas, Elder (Carrier)
  • Ruby Harry (Nunitsi), Knowledge Keeper (Tsilhqoxt’in)
  • Michael Guimond, Knowledge Keeper (Ojibway/Anishinaabe)

We can also offer smudging/brushing and prayers before, during, and after talking sessions.

Our group is culturally diverse and open to all cultures.

To book an appointment with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper:
Jackie Hans, Cultural Coordinator
Email: culturalcoordinator@vahs.life
Phone: (604) 254-9949 ext. 228


Indigenous Youth Resources

UBC Student Counselling resources:

Emergency Helplines

1. Kids Help Phone:    1-800-668-6868
2. Native Youth Crisis Line: .    1-800-588-8717
3. Youth In BC    youthinbc.com
4. Kids Help Phone    kidshelpphone.ca
5. Crisis Centre FNHA    1-877-209-1266
7. BC Crisis Line (Suicide)    1-800-784-2433
8. Trans Lifeline:    translifeline.org
9. Download the:    Help, Hope, Healing toolkit

Crisis support (for all ages)

Support via telephone

Support via online chat

Crisis support (for youth)

Support via telephone

Support via text

Support via online chat

Educational Comics and Cartoons

Indigenous Youth Wellness & Support

DIY – Youth Councils

Other mental health support resources (for all ages):