We are thinking about your needs too. A new study polled students aged 13 to 25 about their current mood, and the top three results were “frustrated” (54 percent), “nervous” (49 percent), and “disconnected” (40 percent). Teens are anxious, they are upset, and they are nostalgic … for February 2020. (Wired)
Existing Therapy Support Services
You can access therapy from 2 different approaches:
1) Through your parent's/caretaker's possible work coverage or
Some parents work benefits include paid coverage of private practice therapists:
A) Extended Health. Your parent's work insurance may already cover mental health services with a Psychologist or Registered Counsellor, usually without the need for a physician's referral. Sometimes people are not even aware that they have this coverage.
B) Work EAP-Employee Assistance Programs. Some workplaces have their own mental health programs with counsellors. This service is usually short term. Your parents can discuss this with their human resources department.
C) Private Practice therapists are available through both the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors https://bc-counsellors.org/ or the BC Psychological Association .https://www.psychologists.bc.ca/ Without extended health insurance, fees for private therapy will range from $120 to $220+
D) Families of RCMP members. Family memebers can access extended health with Pacific Blue Cross services covered.
2) Directly through to a free community service.
There are several good quality options to see a local counsellor in a free program
A) DiscoverY is a free short-term (8 session) counselling program for youth and young adults between the ages of 15 and 25. https://www.sourcesbc.ca/our-services/discovery/ Tel: 604-538-2522 Email: DiscoverY@sourcesbc.ca
B) Alexandra Neighbourhood House-Youth Services. They offer a variety of different programs from support to workshops, to a clubhouse.
C) Bounceback.ca is a free (Canadian Mental Health online program) skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach. 9 self study CBT modules can be accessed immediately. (They removed the physician referral requirement) https://bouncebackbc.ca/ FREE
D)Living life to the Full. Designed for youth aged 13-18, Living Life to the Full for Youth equips young adults with the skills they need to face challenges in life. The course is a variation of the standard Living Life to the Full course, adapted in consultation with a diverse group of youth from BC.. https://livinglifetothefull.ca/our-courses/
E) First Nations support is available through fnha.ca and the 24 hour crisis line, 1-800-588-8717.
F) E.L.L Resources:
Mandarin and Cantonese language resources counselling and support. 604-270-8233助, 604-270-8222辅助
These programs provide short-term, solution-focused counselling and support services in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Farsi and English.
H) Victim of a crime, Crime Victims Assistance can help you apply for access to therapy services. 1-866-660-3888