British Columbia

Community Organizations and Services in BC

Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (Vancouver)
Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies in BC (AMSSA) represents a coalition of over 80 organizations providing multicultural and immigrant settlement services in the Province of British Columbia. We act as a centralized resource for our Members working in both large urban areas and smaller centres. Our educational initiatives provide business, government, and the general public with professional, accurate, and detailed information about current issues in multiculturalism, immigration, and human rights. AMSSA creates networking opportunities, disseminates information, provides professional development, and builds organizational capacities for our Members. AMSSA also produces a newsletter, Insider. The newsletter includes pressing hot topics in the immigrant settlement service sector, the multicultural and the anti-racism sector.

  • Toll Free: 1 888 355-5560
  • Tel: (604) 718-2780
  • Fax: (604) 298-0747
  • Email: amssa@amssa.org

Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver Coastal Health maintains a searchable list of healthcare services in Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver and along the Sea to Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast and BC’s Central Coast.

The Resource Centre
The Resource Centre of the BC Children’s Hospital is a consumer health library for families operated by volunteers and professional staff. Its mission is help to families and those working with them, to understand and manage the needs of children related to their diagnoses, tests and treatments.

City of Richmond Arts, Heritage & Culture
The City of Richmond’s Arts, Heritage & Culture website provides information on events organized in partnership with cultural organizations, local artist, and local residents to help sustain and develop cultural and artistic heritage, traditions, skills, and individual expression. This website provides a quick reference index to ethnic group organizations and events.

Richmond Chinese Mental Health Support Group
Provides Chinese mental health consumers and their family members with mental health support services in Mandarin and Cantonese. Services include mental health seminars on the second Friday of each month; outreach visits; individual counselling (small fee or by donation); group counselling; a self-help group for individuals and families; periodic meetings, outings, and festival gatherings; a community mental health bulletin in Chinese; and a telephone mental health support line.
Tel: (604) 273-1791
E-mail: richchin@telus.net

Multilingual Mental Health Information

Here-to-Help – Multilingual fact sheets
British Columbia Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information is a group of seven leading provincial mental health and addictions non-profit agencies that, since 2003, have been working together to help individuals and families better manage mental health and substance use problems. They have produced fact sheets in eleven different languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Russian and Spanish) on various mental illnesses and wider mental health issues.

Links to Resources

BC Ministry of Health and Social Services, Mental Health and Addictions
This site provides links to resources related to mental health and addictions across the province of British Columbia.

Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division
This site provides province-wide links on mental health.

Health Link BC
HealthLinkBC Files are easy-to-understand fact sheets on a range of public health and safety topics. Most files are available in Chinese, English, French, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Child and Youth Mental Health
This site provides provincial, national and international links to resources.

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
A provincial resource centre working to link children, youth and their families with appropriate resources in all areas of mental health and addictions. In addition, it also serves the resource needs of adults with eating disorders.

Family and Community Resources – Mental Health and Addictions
This site maintained by the College of the Rockies provides links to resources for individuals dealing with mental health and/or addiction disorders.

British Columbia Schizophrenia Society
This site provides a list of resources and partners of BC partners in mental health and addiction services. There are also links to on-line booklets and videos. As well, information on respite care is also provided.

Anxiety BC
AnxietyBC provides a rich resource of self-help information and programs, as well as resources for parents and caregivers.