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If you don’t see a family support group in your area, you may wish to contact your local BCSS Educator, who may know of local groups not yet listed here. We also offer online support groups which have a friendly facilitator and are available wherever you are. To send updates to information on this list, please contact onlinesupport@nullbcss.org


Abbotsford – FORCE – Group for Parents of Children/Youth – 1st Mondays

First Monday of each month (Unless stat. holiday), 7-9 PM, @ #109-32885 Ventura Ave. Abbotsford, BC. Info: 604-878-3400 or abbotsfordforce@nullyahoo.com

BC-Wide – BCSS – Adult Children of Persons with a Mental Illness Support

Available at www.reachingfamiliesproject.org

BC-Wide – BCSS – Same-sex partners of persons with a mental illness support

Available at www.reachingfamiliesproject.org

BC-Wide – BCSS – Siblings of Persons with a Mental Illness Group

Available at www.reachingfamiliesproject.org

Burnaby – Support Group – loved ones of those who died from substance use/addiction

2nd Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m. at Gilmore Community School 50 South Gilmore Ave, Burnaby Rm 207. Please email graspvancouverarea@nullgmail.com to register.

Burns Lake – BCSS – Family Support Group – 1st Mondays

6:30-8pm 1st Monday of month @ MURIEL MOULD NEIGHBOURHOOD LEARNING CENTRE Room #113-270 9th Ave. Info: 250-692-7500

Burns Lake – BCSS – Family Support Group – 1st Tuesdays

1st Tuesday of the month, 12 – 1:30 PM. #113 – 270 Ninth Avenue. 250-692-7500

Chilliwack – BCSS – Caring and Sharing Family Support Group – 1st Tuesdays

1st Tuesday of the Month, 7-8:30 pm @ Communitas Supportive Care Society (in the Cascade Centre Mall) #18 - 45966 Yale Road

Chilliwack – BCSS – Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00pm Chilliwack General Hospital , Psychiatry department

Chilliwack – BCSS – Info Session 2nd and 4th Thursdays

2nd / 4th Thursday of every month 6:00 – 7:30pm Information session at 45600 Menholm Rd. ~ Psychiatry Group room Chilliwack General Hospital

Chilliwack – FORCE – Parents of Children Group – 1st Wednesdays

First Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 PM on School St. behind the Tim Hortons. Chilliwack Info: chris.whiteway@nullgmail.com or 604-858-8740

Coquitlam / TriCities – BCSS – Family Support Group – 2nd Mondays

2nd Monday of the Month, 7:30 pm @ 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam in the McGee Room. Info: Dave 1-877-717-5518 familysupportandrespite@nullbcss.org

Cranbrook – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together

Fort St. John – BCSS – Breakfast Support Group – 1st Fridays

First Friday of every month, 7:30 a.m. @ Mondo Restaurant, 10403 100 Ave, Fort St. John : Julie Kornelsen 250-261-9189

Fort St. John – BCSS – Evening Support Group – 3rd Wednesday

3rd Wednesday of every month, 7 pm @ 9410-104 Avenue, Fort St. John. Information: Julie Kornelsen 250-261-9189

Fraser Lake – BCSS – Family Support Group – 4th Thursday

fourth Thursday, 10:30 AM – 12 noon @ 364 McMillian Drive. Info: 250-692-7500

Fraser Lake – BCSS – Education Workshop & Discussion Group – 4th Thursdays

4th Thursday of the month, 2-4 PM or 1-3 PM. #130 Chowsunket Road or Stellant’en Health Office. 250-962-7500

Granisle – BCSS – Education Workshop & Discussion Group (alternating with support group) – 1st Thursdays

1st Thursday of the month. 2 – 4 PM. Granisle Health Centre. 250-692-7500

Kamloops – BCSS – Family Support Group – 1st Mondays

1st Mondays of the month, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.@ Mental Health & Addictions, 235 Lansdowne Ave., Kamloops. Info: Lisa Daily at 250-319-7667 or kamloops@nullbcss.org

Kamloops – BCSS – Support and Information Sessions

By appointment @1 South at the Royal Inland Hospital (311 Columbia Street, Kamloops). Info: Lisa 250-319-7667

Kamloops – CMHA – Family Support Group – 2nd Mondays

2nd Monday of the Month, 6-8 p.m.@857 Seymour Street (The Clubhouse),Kamloops. Info: 250-319-7667 or christa.haywoodfarmer@nullcmha.bc.ca.

Kelowna – BCSS – Family Support Group – 1st and 3rd Mondays

1st and 3rd Mondays @ Kelowna BCSS Office Info: 250.868.3119 to register or email: bcsskel@nullshaw.ca

Kelowna – CMHA – Take a Break Family Support Group – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month 10-12pm Registration: Family Navigator at 250-861-3644 or familynav.kelowna@nullcmha.bc.ca

Keremeos – BCSS – Family Support Group 1st Fridays

1st Friday of every month Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Keremeos Info and location: BCSS-Penticton 250-493-7338 bcsspenticton@nullshaw.ca

Langley – BCSS – Family Information Sessions

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, except for statutory holidays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. @Marion Ward Pavilion, south of the Main entrance to Langley Memorial Hospital Info: 604-720-3935 frasercentral@nullbcss.org

Langley – BCSS – Family Support Group – 1st Mondays

1st Monday of every month, 7-9 pm @ Langley Stepping Stones (20101 Michaud Crescent) Info: 604-720-3935 frasercentral@nullbcss.org

Maple Ridge – BCSS – Family Support Group – 3rd Tuesdays

3rd Tuesdays of each month, 7pm @ The Family Education and Support Center, 22554 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge. Info: frasercentral@nullbcss.org 604-720-3935 or 1-888-888-0029

Maple Ridge – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together

The course is free, however you MUST pre-register for the next Strengthening Families Together, please contact the Fraser Central Regional Educator, Nancy Friesen at frasercentral@nullbcss.org or call 604-720-3935.

McBride – BCSS – Family Support Group – last Wednesdays

Last Wednesday of the month. 7:30 – 9 PM. McBride Health Clinic. 250-569-2637

Nanaimo – BCSS – Share & Care Family Support Group – 2nd and 4th Mondays

Second and fourth Mondays of each month , 7pm at Chapters Starbucks, Nanaimo. Call or email before attending your first meeting: 250-753-9923 or bcssnanaimo@nulltelus.net

Nelson – BCSS – Family Support Group – 2nd Tuesdays

2nd Thursday of each month, 7pm @ the Clubhouse, 818 Vernon Street., Nelson.

New Westminster/Burnaby – BCSS – Family Support Group – 3rd Thursdays

3rd Thursday of every month, 7-9pm @ Royal Columbian Hospital - Sherbrooke Centre (260 Sherbrooke Street) Conference Room #2 Info: Dave 604-523-1072

North and West Vancouver – MDA – Family Support Group – 2nd and 4th Mondays

7:00 - 9:00 pm 2nd and 4th Monday of the month @ North Vancouver - contact for location and info: Karen: 604.922.4327 kcooke27@nullshaw.ca

Oliver – BCSS – Weekly mental illness family support group

Weekly on Thursdays 10:30am -1pm @ Park Drive Church Info: 250-493-7338 bcsspenticton@nullshaw.ca

Online Support Groups for Family / Supporters

Penticton – BCSS – Brown Bag Family Support Group – Mondays

Mondays 1-2 pm @ Department of Psychiatry Mood Disorder Clinic, Penticton Regional Hospital Info: bcsspenticton@nullshaw.ca

Penticton – BCSS – Family Support Group – 2nd Thursdays

2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m. @#118-246 Martin Street, Penticton Info at 250-493-7338

Prince George – BCSS – Family Support Group – 1st Thursdays

1st Thursday of the month. 6:30 – 8 PM. #320 – 1600 Third Avenue. 250-561-8033.

Prince George – BCSS – Meet ‘n Greet – Wednesdays

6:30-7:30 PM University Hospital of Northern British Columbia, 1475 Edmonton Street, 4th Floor 'old' section - Room 418 Info: 250-561-8033

Prince George – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together

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.

Prince Rupert – BCSS – Family Support Group

For Info: terrace@nullbcss.org 250-635-8206

Princeton – BCSS – 2nd Tuesday

2nd Tuesday by appointment Info: 250-493-7338 or email bcsspenticton@nullshaw.ca

Quesnel – BCSS – FAMILIES Support Group – 1st Thursday

7-8:30 PM First Thursday @ Books & Co Info: 250-316-4111

Quesnel – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together

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.

Richmond – Pathways – Chinese Family Support Group – 2nd Saturdays

Monthly scheduled @ Caring Place Room 350 or 345, 7000 Minoru Blvd, Richmond Info: Bessie Wang 604-276-834 ext. 12

Salmon Arm – FORCE – Parent Networking and Support Group – 3rd Wednesdays

3rd Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm Family Resource Centre, 181 Trans-Canada Highway NE (corner of Alexander Street and the highway), Salmon Arm. Info: Monica salmonarmforce@nullgmail.com or 250-833-6100.

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

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 – Mental Health Family Support Group

12-1 pm First Wednesday of the month
Info: bulkleyvalley@nullbcss.org or 250-847-9779
3862-B Broadway Avenue, Smithers

Smithers – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together

Smithers – Consumer & Family Initiatives Committee – 2nd Thursdays

Second Thursday of every month, 10:30-12:00 p.m. @ BCSS Office, 3876 Broadway Ave, Smithers.

Smithers – BCSS – Caregivers Support Group – 2nd Wednesday of the month

2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30 – 3:30 pm @ Mental Health and Addictions Conference Room, (Old) Court House Building, Main Street . Info: bulkleyvalley@nullbcss.org 250.847.9779 (phone/fax)

Smithers – BCSS – Family Support Group – 3rd Tuesday of the month

3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. @ BCSS Office, 3862-B Broadway Avenue. Info: bulkleyvalley@nullbcss.org or 250-847-9779

Smithers – Mental Health & Addictions Advisory Committee – 2nd Thursdays

2nd Thursday of every month, 1 pm – 2:30 pm at MH Conference room, Courthouse Building, Main Street. Info at bulkleyvalley@nullbcss.org 250.847.9779 (phone/fax)

Southside – BCSS – Education Workshop & Discussion Group (alternating with support group) – 2nd Wednesday

2nd Wednesday of the month. 2 – 4 PM. Southside Health and Wellness Centre. 250-692-7500

Squamish/Sea to Sky – NSSS – Monthly Support Group

Second Tuesday of each month, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Howe Sound Brew Pub 'Map Room'
37801 Cleveland Ave, Squamish, BC Info: 604-926-0856 or kathryn@nullnorthshoreschizophrenia.org

Summerland – BCSS – Family Support Group – 1st, 3rd, & 4th Tuesday

1st, 3rd, 4th Tuesday, 10 am to 12 pm @Summerland Foodbank & Resource Centre, United Church Henry Street, 13204 Henry Avenue Info: BCSS-Penticton 250-493-7338 sdrevans@nullshaw.ca

Surrey – BCSS- Surrey Memorial Hospital Information Session – 1st & 3rd Thursdays

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Location: Surrey Memorial Hospital, 4th Floor, Psychiatry Board Room Info: Hardeep 604-574-1976 frasersouth@nullbcss.org

Surrey/Delta/White Rock – BCSS – Family Support Group – 2nd Mondays

2nd Monday of every month @ #129 6345 120 St. - Sunshine Village (North Delta Mental Health Centre). Info: Hardeep 604-574-1976

Terrace – BCSS – Family Support Group – last Wednesdays

last Wednesdays 4:30 -6pm (except December, July and August) @ Suite 210 4546 Park Ave. Info: terrace@nullbcss.org 250-635-8206

Trail – BCSS – Family Support Group – 1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Tri Cities – NSSS – Tri Cities Family Support Group Meeting

7:30-9:15 p.m. Info: 604-926-0856; kathryn@nullnorthshoreschizophrenia.org @ New View Society, 2050 Mary Hill Rd., Port Coquitlam

Tri-Cities – FORCE – Parents of Children Group – 2nd Thursdays

Second Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:30 pm @ Tri Cities East Neighbourhood Centre, 3044 Flint Street, Port Coquitlam. Info: Jeannie at force_tricities_group@nullyahoo.ca Call: 604-878-3400

Tri-Cities/PoCo – FORCE – “In the Know” Support Group – 3rd Wednesdays

Monthly support group/information session for parents whose children face mental health challenges. 3rd Wednesday (Except July & August) 6:30pm until 8:30pm @Central Elementary School, 2260 Central Avenue, Port Coquitlam **Upstairs in the Library**
Info: Marlisse or Moira tricitiesforce@nullgmail.com or leave a message at 604.878.3400

Valemount – BCSS – Family Support Group – last Thursday

Last Thursday of the month. 7:30 – 9 PM. 99 Gorse Street (former Village Office). 250-566-1958

Vancouver – BCSS – Strengthening Families Together

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

Vancouver – MDA – Mood Disorders Family Support Group – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm @ Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital (Harvest Room A on Third Floor) 3080 Prince Edward Street. Info: Please email mdafamilygroup@nullgmail.com for details before attending.

Vancouver – Mental Health Family Support Group – Last Thursdays

6:30-7:30 pm @ St Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Rm 2B-169, 2nd Floor, Burrard Building. Registration: Pam Plain 604-682-2344 local 64203

Vancouver – SPH – Family Support Group – Last Thursday of month

Last Thursday of each month, 6-7:30pm. St Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Room 2B-169, 2nd floor, Burrard Building. To register, call Kaye 604-682-2344 local 68964

Vancouver – Vancouver Community College – 2nd Wednesday of the month

2nd Wednesday of each month 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Vancouver Community College (Broadway Campus), Room G218 (in B Building), 1155 E. Broadway, Vancouver. Contact Andrew Kellett @ Tel: 604-754-7464

Vancouver – VCH – Eating Disorders Family Support Group – 1st Wed of Month

VCH Eating Disorder Program (VCHED)– Family Support Group – for friends and family members of individuals living with an eating disorder. 1st Wednesday of each month, 6 – 7:30 p.m., 3rd Floor, 2750 East Hastings, Vancouver. Contact Hella at 604-675-2531 ext 20689.

Vancouver – VCH – Tertiary Mental Health & Addictions Family Education Evening

2nd Wednesday of every month, Willow Pavilion, 1st floor Multipurpose Room 805 West 12th Ave., Vancouver Info: Sharon Marmion, (604) 313 1918 or sharon.marmion@nullvch.ca

Vancouver/BC-wide – FORCE/KMHRC- In the Know: Parent/Caregiver Educational Sessions

Available BC-wide for viewing. New topics are 2nd Wednesday 7-8 pm Registration/info: theforce@nullforcesociety.com or call 604-878-3400.

Vernon – MIFSCS – Family Support Group – 4th Tuesdays (evening)

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm @ People Place, Rm 301-2 3402-27th Ave., Vernon. Info: Dianne (250) 260-3233

Victoria – BCSS – Early Psychosis Family Support Group – 3rd Saturday

3rd Saturday of the month, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm @941 Kings Road Victoria. Contact admin.bcss@nullshaw.ca or 250-384-4225

Victoria – BCSS – Family Support Group – 2nd Thursdays

2nd Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. @ 941 Kings Road Victoria. Contact admin.bcss@nullshaw.ca or 250-384-4225

Victoria – BCSS – Spouse/Partner Support Group – last Thursday of Month

Last Thursday of the month, 7 - 8:30 p.m. @ 941 Kings Road, Victoria. contact admin.bcss@nullshaw.ca or 250-384-4225

Victoria – FORCE – Parents of Children Group – 2nd Wednesdays

Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30-9 pm @ Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Rd, Saanich Neighbourhood room behind Silver City. Info/child minding: 1 855 887 8004 or lisat@nullforcesociety.com

West Vancouver – NSSS – Monthly Support Group

Whistler/Sea to Sky – NSSS – Monthly Support Group – 4th Thursday

7:30 - 9:00 p.m @ Whistler Public Library, 'Fireside Room' 4329 Main St, Whistler, BC Info: 604-926-0856; kathryn@nullnorthshoreschizophrenia.org

White Rock – BCSS – Peace Arch Hospital Information Session – 1st & 3rd Thursdays

Time: 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Location: White Rock Mental Health Centre- Russell Annex (in the South East parking lot) Info: Hardeep 604-574-1976 frasersouth@nullbcss.org

Williams Lake – BCSS – Family Support Group – 2nd Wednesday

6:00-7:30pm @ #6-160 Oliver St Info: 250 302-1210 cariboo@nullbcss.org