INDIGENOUS MENTAL HEALTH
About This Section
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.
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VAHS is a not-for-profit organization offering urban Indigenous-focused health and social services. For more than 30 years, we have delivered programs by and for urban Indigenous people in Vancouver to support physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Through services that focus on building relationships and connections, we address inequities in the health care system and promote empowered, healthy communities.
Current VAHS services include a full-scope Primary Care Clinic, a Dental Clinic, a cultural wellness program led by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and Indigenous Early Years programs for children and families. VAHS will be opening a new Healing Centre, with dedicated outdoor spaces for land-based healing, at 52–92 East Hastings in Fall 2023.
To learn more, please visit us online at vahs.life.