Counselling Resources

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As high school counsellors and a resource to our students, our role is to promote emotional, social, and personal development in students. We help students to overcome any struggles or difficulties they may have. We collaborate with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies. The BC Ministry of Education describes some of our many functions as including “counselling students, their families and the community to foster growth in the students’ self esteem, individual responsibility, and in skills such as decision making”.  Moreover we are able to help guide students in their physical and mental health.

If you are experience BULLYING please report it anonymously by way of the Province of BC’s ERASE Bullying Reporting Tool.

The following resources will also be of help to our students.

Help Lines for BC Children, Youth and Families
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Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM BC HEALTH PROFESSIONAL – FIND HELP NOW 24/7 – DIAL 811
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM BC LIST OF HELP RESOURCES – Go To BC211
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM ABBOTSFORD POLICE NON-EMERGENCY – CALL 604-859-5225
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM ABORIGINAL CRISIS LINE (KUU-US) – TOLL FREE: 1-800-588-8717
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM ALCOHOL & DRUG INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICE – CALL 1-800-663-1441
• Provides information and referral services for those needing help with substance abuse.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM BC NURSE LINE – 1-866-215-4700
• Provides 24-hour, confidential health information and advice from an RN.
• You can also talk to a pharmacist  from 5 pm to 9 am 7 days a week.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM BC SUICIDE Helpline of BC – CALL 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) OR
• Provides confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support 24/7.
• For those experiencing feelings of distress, despair, or thinking about suicide.

Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM BEING BULLIED? TEXT 211 for professional support, options, information, and referrals.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM If you are being bullied REPORT IT NOW … Anonymous Reporting Tool of BC Government.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM CRISIS LINES in BC:
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM CRISIS LINES across CANADA:
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM D-TALKS LINE – 1-866-658-1221
• Provides information for youth and adults on detox issues. Operates 9 am to 8 pm.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT HOPE FOR WELLNESS HELP LINE – CALL 1-855-242-3310
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM FRASER HEALTH CRISIS LINE – CALL 1-877-820-7444 (24 hours a day every day)
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM FRASER HEALTH START TEAM – 1-844-782-7811
•Provides assessment and intervention services for youth ages 6-18 who are in acute mental health crisis.  Offers mobile outreach, safety planning, short term individual or group therapy, resource referral and coordination, and family support.  Open 9am-9pm weekdays and noon to 9 weekends and holidays.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM HELPLINE FOR CHILDREN – CALL   310-1234
• Provides help 24/7 if you are in trouble. No area code is needed.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PMKELTY MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTRE – CALL  1-800-665-1822 OR
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM KIDS HELP PHONE – CALL  1-800-668-6868 OR
• Provides bilingual, 24 hour confidential phone counselling and referral services.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT LINE – CALL  310-6789
• Provides 24/7 mental health support. No area code is needed.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM MINDSHIFT ANXIETY APP
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM REPORT CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT – CALL 1-800-663-9122
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM TELECARE CRISIS LINE – CALL 604-852-9099
• Christian-based Crisis Line
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM QUIT NOW! SMOKERS HELP LINE – CALL 1-877-455-2233
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM VICTIMLINKBC – CALL 1-800-563-0808
• VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM YOUTH AGAINST VIOLENCE – CALL 1-800-680-4264
Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 2.27.45 PM YOUTH IN BC CRISIS HOTLINE – CALL  1-866-661-3311 OR LIVE CHAT
• Provides 24 hour crisis intervention for youth through phone and online chat.

If you are experiencing a personal crisis during the school day go directly to your teacher or counsellor or office and tell them how you are feeling.
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Legal Rights – What the Law Says
Aboriginal Legal Aid BC
Child Abuse and Neglect: The BC Handbook for Action
Child Rights Toolkit
Family Law in BC
Is That Legal?
Justice Education Society
Legal Aid BC
Legal Dictionary
Legal Rights for Youth
MyLaw BC
Privacy & Information Sharing:
Letter from Deputy Minister of Education
Information Sharing Best Practices
Information Sharing – Child & Youth
Information Sharing – Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Information Sharing for Young People
Privacy & Consent Information for Parents& Caregivers

Local Resources and Programs
Abbotsford Foundry
-New “School Hours” service as of January 2020: two interns will be offering walk in counselling on Mondays, using Solution Focused Brief Therapy. It will coincide with the medical clinic offered on Mondays 12-3.  If youth have not been to Foundry before they will have to do a survey that will take about 25 minutes and they can come before 12 to get set up with the Ipad. Contact: Laurel Jarvis at 604-746-3392

Archway (Abbotsford) Community Services
Archway Counselling Services Brochure
Archway Immigrant Youth Services (Culture Club –
Abbotsford School District Resources
Abbotsford Youth Commission
Abbotsford Youth Resource Centre
Abbotsford Food Bank
Abbotsford Resource Guide
Abbotsford Hospice Society
Abbotsford Transition House – CALL 604-852-6008
Abbotsford Youth Health Centre 
Active Recreation-No to Low Cost
Child & Youth Mental Health Intake

Child & Youth Mental Health Programs
Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use Support Services in BC (Map)
Community Living BC
Cyrus Centre (Emergency Youth Shelter, Semi-Independent Housing, Resource Centre, Youth Food Bank)
DEWY (Day, Evening, Weekend for Youth) Substance Abuse Program – Info Sheet
Doctors of BC Learning Links
Early Psychosis Intervention
Eating Disorders Programs (Abbotsford Mental Health Office) CALL 604-870-7800
EAP – Employee Assistance Program (Staff WorkHealthLife)
Find Support in BC (Disability Resources)
Food Resources
Here to Help: Information Sheets (ie. Self-Harm)
MCFD Helpline
New Beginnings young parent program
Pacific Community Resource Society (youth and family support: education, employment, addiction counselling, & housing support)
Pregnancy Services (Hope for Women)
Resource Guide for Families
SAIP – Sexual Abuse Intervention Program (Archway Community Services)
Responding to Sexual Abuse Disclosures (Archway Community Services)
SEY – Stop Exploiting Youth (Abbotsford Community Services)
START (Fraser Health Team: Short Term, Assessment, Response, Treatment)
Youth Unlimited

Public Health Unit
• Abbotsford – CALL 604-864-3400 – 104 34194 Marshall Road

Abbotsford Youth Health Centre
Viva Care Walk-In-Clinic (located inside Walmart Highstreet) – Phone: 604-381-4102

If you cannot find what you are looking for, CALL 211 for free information on local, social, and government services.

Health Guides
Art of Motivation Tool
BC Drug and Poison Information Centre
BC Nurseline – CALL 1-866-215-4700
BC Health Guide
BC Healthy Schools
BC Healthy Campuses
BC Pharmacy Association
Body Image (Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image)
Drug Abuse Tips
Eating Disorders: A Guide
Eating Disorders Risk Factors
Eating Disorders Lesson Plan (Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves)
Eating Disorders Video
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EPI Brochure
Here to Help: Information Sheets (ie. Self-Harm)
Pregnancy Options Workbook
Young Women’s Health
Young Men’s Health
Youthspace (Free, Anonymous and Confidential Web Forum for Youth)


“Our” Health Apps
Breathe2Relax – helps with anxiety, anger, mood.
DBT Diary Card & Skills Coach – helps with mindfulness.
Mindshift – helps with anxiety – strategies & tips.
Operation Reach Out – helps with suicide ideation.
Pacifica – helps with anxiety – breathing exercises.
Relax Melodies – helps with insomnia, stress.
Virtual Hope Box – promotes healthy coping and emotional regulation skills.
WhatsMyM3 – screens for anxiety & depression.

Mental Health Resources
ABC’s of Mental Health
Anxiety Resources for Parents (Kelty Mental Health)
Anxiety Canada (Tools & Resources)
BC Child and Youth Mental Health
BC Health Online Publications
BC Psychological Association
BC Psychological Association Fact Sheets
Beyond the Blues Education & Screening Home
Beyond the Blues Youth Screening Tools
Beyond the Blues Anxiety Videos (Password is btb)
Bounceback BC: Reclaim Your Health
Bounceback Youth Quiz
Bounceback Online Resources
Bounceback School Counsellor Referral Form
CMHA Mental Health Meter
CMHA Work-Life Balance Quiz
CMHA Stress Index
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) (BC Division)
Center for Mental Health in Schools (UCLA)
Children with Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI – Australia Site)
Dealing with Depression
Depression Guidebook
Depression: Anti-Depression Skills Workbook
Depression: Anti-Depression at Work Skills Workbook
Depression Recovery: CBIS Manual-Adolescent
Emotional Intelligence Workbook
Early Psychosis Intervention
EPI Brochure
Family Smart Mental Health Resources
Here to Help: Information Sheets (ie. Self-Harm)
Here to Help: Mental Health and Substance Use Information You Can Trust
Here to Help: Screening Self-Tests
How to Look After Our Mental Health
Jack.Org: Mental Health Resources
Jessie’s Legacy: Eating Disorders Prevention & Awareness
Kelty: Eating Disorders Resource
Kelty: Mental Health Resource Centre
Kelty: Mental Health Resource List
LEAP Clinic – Evidence Based Therapy for Children (CBT)
Living Life to the Full (Canadian Mental Health Assoc.)
Looking Glass Treatment Facility for Eating Disorders
Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Resources Tip Sheet
M3 Mental Health Screening Test: Anxiety, Mood, Depression
Mindcheck Fact/Tip Sheets
MindYourMind – Help if you are experiencing a Crisis
Mindfullness for Teens
Ontario Schools Mental Health Resources
Playing with Anxiety – Free Ebook
Reach Out (Psychosis)
Reason to Live
Relaxation Exercises – Dartmouth College MP3 Downloads
Sleeping In? Having Trouble Getting Up in the Morning?
Social Anxiety Resources
Stress Strategies
Stress: Helping Kids Manage Stress (Article)
The FORCE: Society for Kid’s Mental Health
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Teen Mental Health
TeensHealth – Lots of great Information on all aspects of health
WalkAlong – Your Journey to Mental Wellness
Young Minds (UK)
Youthspace – online crisis & emotional support chat

Grief Counselling
Abbotsford Hospice Society offers one day Grief Support Camps for Teenagers. Contact Karley Seabrook RPC (Stepping Stones Coordinator) at the Hospice Society at 604-852-2456 or by email at Click here for the website.

Assisting Teens through Loss (Surrey SD)
Coping with Grief and Loss
Guide for Parents/Guardians to Help Support Children Through Times of Grief
Helpful Brochures (Victoria Hospice – Scroll to bottom of page)
Youth in Grief Guide

Personal Safety
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Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Child Abuse Prevention Handbook
Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (Gang Prevention)
Commit to Kids (Are your Kids Safe?)
Domestic Violence (Help Starts Here)
Domestic Violence: Supporting Students 
Ending Violence Association of Canada (Victim Services)
ERASE Bullying Site (Province of BC)
Kids in the Know


Parachute: Preventing Injuries. Saving Lives
Parent Further (Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships)
Promoting Healthy Dating Relationships
Safe Alternatives
Safer Self (Sexual Exploitation Resource)
SafeKidsBC (Child Abuse Resources)
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Child & Youth Health Overview of Self-Harm
Cutting & Self-Harm Support Help Guide
FSRC: Family Support & Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital Tel: 604-875-2345 ext. 5102
Helping Teens Who Cut (Book)
Here to Help: Self-Harm
Mindfulness for Teens
National Self-Harm Network (UK)
National Self-Injury for Youth Canada
Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions (Book)
Self Harm Facts & Strategies
Suicide: Child & Teen Prevention (BC Govt Site)
Suicide: A Caring Conversation
Suicide: Facts, Stats, Signs, & Myths
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide: Centre for Suicide Prevention Resources
Suicide: Safety Plans
Suicide: World Health Organization (WHO)
Suicide Ideation Resources (MCFD)
Suicide: A School District Model of Prevention
TeenHealth: Cutting

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Guide

Abbotsford Addiction Services
Alcohol Reality Check & Screening Tools
BC Detox Centres
Behind the Scenes of Adolescent Drug Use (USC Research)
Cycles Video (Marijuana)
DEWY (Day, Evening, Weekend for Youth) – Info Sheet
Drugs and Addiction Magazine
Here to Help: Alcohol Resources
Educational Resources – Fentanyl
Educational Resources – Opioids
Here To Help
Iminds Drug Education (UVIC Centre for Addictions Research of BC)
Impact (Youth Substance Use Services)
Letter from BC Provincial Health Officer (June 2017)
Parenting: The Drugs Question
Talking to Your Kids About Drugs
You and Substance Abuse

USA Resources
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Psychological Association
Child Care Aware – Helping families and children cope
Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News
National Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The National Association of School Psychologists
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Registered Psychologists and Counsellors
List of Therapists in BC
BC’s Registered Clinical Counsellors
Lavender Counselling
Oak Hill Counselling
Dr. Susan Goldsmith
Kevin Klassen MC, RCC
Alex W. Kwee, Psy.D., R.Psych.
Melissa Redekop MA, RCC

Cyberbullying: “The Definite Guide”
Facebook Privacy Guide Book
Guarding Kids
Is That Legal? (Legal Services Society of BC)
Reputation Management

Misc Links
BC School Counsellors Association
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
SD34 LSS Quick Reference & Forms