British Columbia

LGBTQ-friendly Crisis Lines

 

Crisis Line Association of BC Mental Health Information Line

This is a provincial line. Answered 24/7/365, it provides empowering emotional support, information on appropriate referral options and a wide range of support relating to mental health concerns.
Call 310-6789 (no area code needed) or Email.

 

Fraser Health Crisis Line

This is a 24/7/365 crisis line offering free and confidential emotional support, crisis intervention, and resource information.
Call Local 604-951-8855 or Toll-Free 1-877-820-7444.

 

CTC Telecare & Crisis Line

A crisis line providing telephone befriending, caring, and empathic listening for people in moments of personal crisis or distress. A non-judgmental Christian-based, telephone-operated, crisis intervention service.
Call 604-852-9099 in Abbotsford/Mission or Toll-Free 1-888-852-9099 throughout BC.

 

Interior Crisis Line Network (ICLN)

A network that links five crisis lines in the Interior Region (Cranbrook, Kelowna, Trail, Vernon and Williams Lake) through a single number. It is available 24/7/365 throughout Southern Interior and makes crisis line service available to everyone in the Interior Region.
Call 1-888-353-2273 (1-888-353-CARE).

 

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

Is available 24/7 via regional distress phone line, provincial phone line, and Seniors’ Distress Line. Also, offer online distress services 13 hours a day (noon to 1am) for youth aged 13-25 and adults aged 25 and up.
Vancouver: 604-872-3311      Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311      Seniors Distress Line: 604-872-1234
Online Chat Service: For Youth: www.YouthInBC.com       For Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca

 

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chinese Help Lines

Chinese help lines, operating from 10am to 10pm that demonstrate cultural sensitivity, equity, non-discrimination, and respect for the client’s privacy, consent and choice.
Call 604-270-8233 for Cantonese or 604-270-8222 for Mandarin.

 

Vancouver Island Crisis Society

Offers 24/7/365 crisis line service to Vancouver Island, the islands of the Georgia Strait, and the mainland communities between Powell River and Rivers Inlet, as defined by the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
Call 1-888-494-3888.

 

Northern Youth Online

Confidential, live chat with a volunteer listener online or can speak with a volunteer over the phone at their Youth Support Line. Hours for online chat and phone line are 4pm to 11pm daily.
Visit the Online Chat or call 1-888-564-8336.

 

Youthspace.ca

Offer emotional support and crisis intervention services for children, youth and young adults under 30 years of age. The Support Team is a group of professionally trained volunteers and staff to listen without judgment and offer support via live chat and the discussion forum; not licensed counsellors. E-counselling services are provided by Pacific Centre Family Services Association www.pacificcentrefamilyservices.org.

 

Services for LGBTQ youth

 

UBC CampOUT!

An empowering summer camping experience for BC’s queer, trans and allied youth aged 14-21. An opportunity to make friends, access resources, engage in imaginative, critical, and innovative workshops as well as traditional camp activities like canoeing, campfires, and arts and crafts. For youth from all parts of BC and the Yukon. Travel bursaries are available.

 

Gay Sports Groups & Organizations

Browse the site for links to sports and outdoor activities for GLBT groups.

 

Fraser Valley Youth Society

Weekly drop-in group for youth who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. Allies are welcome too. Provide a safe environment where you can just be yourself, meet other youth, talk about issues that concern you and learn more about your orientation.

 

Trans Connect

Support and resources for trans/gender diverse people, including a buddy system to connect rural trans folks with others, peer-support/social groups in Nelson and Cranbrook, and community forums.
Email: moore_is_good@yahoo.ca

 

 

Okanagan Transgender Drop-In

A peer support and discussion group for transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, Two-Spirit and intersex people in the Greater Kelowna area. Skype for people who are in the general area, but can’t attend.
Email: trans@gayokanagan.com

 

Trans Youth Drop-In

A drop-in group for anyone aged 13-24 who is transgender or the loved one of a transgender person (sibling, friend, partner, etc.). A space to meet other youth who are interested in trans issues, watch trans movies, make art & ‘zines, eat free snacks, and get information about local resources.
Email: transyouthdropin@yahoo.ca

 

Surrey Youth Alliance

Drop-in/support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Two-Spirited, queer or questioning youth and allies, aged 14-21 in the Fraser Valley and surrounding area.
Email: info@syabc.com

 

Queer Active

The Lower Mainland’s go-to resource for queer youth, aged 16-25, wanting to participate in the many queer sports organizations in the region.
Email: info@queeractive.com

 

Youth For A Change

An advocacy and outreach group for LGBTQ youth aged13-20. Provides educational workshops to schools, community workers, teachers and youth groups.