Programs & Services

To speak to someone about information, support and resources in your area please visit our regional services page or contact BCSS at 1-888-888-0029. You can also call the local BCSS regional educator for your area.

If you are looking for psychiatric services for yourself or a loved one, you can find the intake information for your city on the HealthLinkBC website here, or by calling HealthLinkBC at 811 (no need for an area code). If you need help advocating for services for a loved one or figuring out what to do, you can also contact the family support coordinator in your area.

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Education and Support Program      Read More »

BRIDGES is a course taught by consumers for consumers. BRIDGES helps people learn things that will help them in their journey to recovery.

Calendar of training, support and other events in BC      Read More »

Our online calendar at www.bcss.org/calendar contains support groups, training and events for people with a mental illness and their family and supporters.

Cranbrook – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together      Read More »

Family Respite Program      Read More »

The Family Respite Program provides modest funding to pay for activities or services to give family members helping their ill relative a break or rest.

Family Support Buddy Program      Read More »

This program is not currently operating but full program materials are available at the link above for organizations or branches who would like to offer it.

Haida Gwaii – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together      Read More »

Kids in Control Support Group Program      Read More »

The BCSS Kids in Control Support Group Program gives information, education and support to children aged 8-18 who have a parent with a serious mental illness.

Local referral and support      Read More »

Do you have a family member with a mental illness? Are you wondering what services are available for serious mental illness in your community and how to access them? Need help figuring out what to do? BCSS can help. We have staff and volunteers in locations near you who can talk to you about your options and help you get connected. Call us at 604-270-7841 or 1-888-888-0029 email the educator nearest you.

Monthly Family Support Group Meetings      Read More »

Online Support Groups for Family / Supporters      Read More »

Partnership Education Presentation Program      Read More »

Partnership Puppeteer Program      Read More »

A puppet show that educates grade 4/5 students in order to give them accurate information and to dispel the myths and misunderstandings about mental illness. This program is currently offered in Penticton, Campbell River and Courtenay. Please also see a similar puppet show offered in the Terrace area

Pentiction – South Okanagan Similkameen Mental Wellness Society (formerly BC Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch) – Strengthening Families Together      Read More »

Prince George – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together      Read More »

This course is free, however you MUST pre-register for the next Strengthening Families Together, please contact the Northern Interior Regional Manager, Kim at nimanager@nullbcss.org or call 250-561-8033.

Quesnel – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together      Read More »

This course is free, however you MUST pre-register for the next Strengthening Families Together, please contact the Quesnel Regional Educator, Gail at quesnel@nullbcss.org or call 250-925-4145.

Reaching Families Project      Read More »

This project provides assertive outreach to family members and supporters of persons with a mental illness through interconnected online tools including online support groups, e-newsletters and a calendar of events. Visit www.reachingfamiliesproject.org for more.

ReachOut Psychosis Concert and Education Program for Youth      Read More »

A fun and interactive performance that aims to educate young people about the symptoms of this brain condition and where to get help. Delivered to tens of thousands of youth each year in secondary schools across BC. More information at reachoutpsychosis.com

Sechelt – BCSS – Family Support Group – 2nd & 4th Tuesday      Read More »

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm @ BCSS Sunshine Coast Branch (Arrowhead Centre, Sechelt, BC) Info: Donna Motzer @ 604-885-9705

Smithers – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together      Read More »

Strengthening Families Together – 10 session group for family and friends      Read More »

Do you have a relative or friend with a serious mental illness? Strengthening Families Together is a 10-session group for families and friends, which provides information, skill-building, and support. Offered throughout B.C. in spring and fall.

Strengthening Families Together – First Nation Edition Program      Read More »

Teens in Control      Read More »

Educational and Support Group for teens who have a parent with a mental illness

Ulysses Agreement – planning for support      Read More »

A Ulysses Agreement is a voluntary plan that allows a parent to plan how their children will be cared for should they relapse and be temporally unable to care for their children. Help to create these plans is available in Boston Bar, Hope, Agassiz, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, White Rock & Surrey from Mark Littlefield at (604) 832-0705. Outside the Fraser region, please call Mark for more information or click on the link for written information and templates.

Vancouver – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together      Read More »

This course is free, however you MUST pre-register for the next Strengthening Families Together, please contact the Vancouver East Regional Educator, Andrew Kellet at vaneast@nullbcss.org or call 604-754-7464