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Racism, intergenerational trauma, and subsequent lateral violence, have dramatic impacts on Indigenous mental health. At Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society (VAHS) we are committed to ensuring Indigenous people receive culturally responsive, compassionate mental and emotional health care. It is in this spirit that we provide the resources listed below.


There are several organizations based in BC that offer Indigenous, culturally focused support. Talking to some who gets it—who shares aspects and understanding of your lived experience—can make an incredible difference to your health. Here are six mental health resources that we recommend.


Healing in Colour

Directory of BIPOC therapists committed to supporting BIPOC in all intersections

Trans Care BC

A resource that helps connect to gender-affirming health and wellness supports as close to home as possible.

KUU-US Crisis Line Society

A 24-hour provincial Aboriginal crisis line for Adults/Elders and Children/Youth.

Black Youth Helpline

Multicultural Helpline & Services for Children, Youth, Families, School Boards & other youth serving organizations


Canada’s most trusted resources, helpful tips and access to webinars that educate and help you create a gender inclusive environment.


Free health and wellness counselling provided by practicum students completing their Masters degrees, or low-cost counselling provided by Registered Counsellors and Social Workers.

Support Network for Inigenous Women & Women of Colour

A non-profit organization committed to the empowerment of women with food, art, and education addressing social, cultural, and political realities of BIPOC women.

South Asian Canadians Health & Social Services

Culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health, addictions, and other services, for South Asian men, women, seniors and youth, and other communities.

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