Mental Health Organizations
Other Mental Health
These resources can assist people with disabilities and their families find counsellors with appropriate expertise.
Ryan’s counselling approach is derived from his Master of Counselling studies, his lived experience of having a chronic illness and (dis)ability activism. He uses narrative, integrative, strength-based, person-centred, solution-focused and (Dis)ability Justice approaches to counselling. He specializes in physical (dis)ability and physical illnesses counselling.
Kate is a queer, disabled artist, community activist and educator. Their work focuses on the impacts of ableism and oppression on mental health. Kate is currently a disability affirming mental health counsellor and facilitates workshops on a variety of topics.
Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology. With more than 20 years experience working in the health care field coupled with her own experience living with chronic health conditions.
BCACC British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
Has a database for looking up counsellors in your area of BC. The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) is the largest professional association for clinical counsellors and psychotherapists in BC. Their members carry the designation Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). This designation demonstrates that their members have met specific educational and training criteria required by the BCACC.
Huge database for looking up counsellors in their area and/or by modality and specialty.
Mental Health Organizations
These are resources provided and put together by Canadian organizations that can provide information for people with disabilities looking for mental health resources.
BounceBack is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 13+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness. Free for BC residents.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
CMHA is a federated charity, which means they are a collective of organizations bound together by a brand and mission. Together, they identify and respond to Canada’s most pressing mental health priorities. At the national and provincial level, they push for system and policy change. At the community level, millions of people in Canada rely on CMHA’s extensive grassroots presence.
We have a vision of social and economic equity for people with disabilities as seen through the lens of Independent Living principles. We develop and implement services, programs and activities that empower individuals rather than create dependencies; we recognize that people with disabilities have the right to take control of their own lives, through increased knowledge and examination of options, making informed choices, and taking calculated risks; and we offer skills training programs to people with disabilities to successfully integrate into the community.
Vancouver Coastal Health: Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services
Developmental disabilities mental health services provide individualized assessment, treatment and education for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and complex mental health needs.
BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
Mental Health supports in BC: Wellbeing
A service directory
Mental health support resources for BC
Other Mental Health Resources
These are other resources that can assist people with disabilities, and their families in various ways related to mental health.
Mental Health Resources
The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies publishes peer-reviewed original articles that advance research in the multidisciplinary, international field of disability studies.
Jeffrey Preston (disability justice educator)
Born with a rare neuromuscular myopathy, Jeff has spent his life dedicated to advocating for himself and others with disabilities. With a PhD in Media Studies from Western University, Jeff’s research focuses on the representation of disability in popular and digital culture. Jeff is currently an Associate Professor of Disability Studies at King’s University College @ Western University in London, ON.
Wrap (Wellness recovery action Plan)
Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of colour and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.
Neurodivergent Friendly Workbook of DBT Skills
Workbook for Dialectical Behavioural Therapy skills.