The Crisis Centre of BC is dedicated to providing help and hope to individuals, organizations, and communities. Spanning the spectrum of crisis support, suicide prevention, and postvention, we engage staff and volunteers in a variety of services and programs that educate, train, and support the strength and capacity of individuals and communities.
>Programming for adults: The Crisis Centre specializes in fostering resilience and capacity in individuals, organizations and communities. Our trauma-informed training and courses build compassionate, connected, suicide-safer communities through: destigmatizing suicide and mental health strengthening intervention and de-escalation skills facilitating growth and recovery after a suicide experience providing skills and strategies that foster wellness and help prevent stress, burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue.
>Training for youth: The Crisis Centre’s Youth Programming provides the building blocks for life-long resilience and well-being through single workshops and multi-session programming.
>Mindful Tools: Life can be challenging. Taking time to be mindful – to stop and notice what’s going on within you and around you – can help with recognizing and reducing stress, anxiety and other intense experiences. Learning simple techniques can grow your awareness of what’s going on and what you can to do to create more ease in your life.
>Our Distress Services program provides support to vulnerable individuals across British Columbia. We offer services through our 24/7 distress phone lines and online chat services between 12pm and 1am. Services are delivered by highly trained volunteers and paid responders who provide non-judgemental emotional support through risk assessment, collaborative safety planning, and short-term follow-up by phone. We also engage in emergency rescue services as needed. If you are in crisis, distress, or having thoughts of suicide, help is available! We are here to listen, here to help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
>Suicide Grief Support Groups: The BC Bereavement Helpline and the Crisis Centre host a grief support group for those bereaved by suicide. Being with others who have experienced a similar loss helps reduce isolation, increase coping skills, and create long-term networks of support. This group is led by two skilled, experienced and caring facilitators.
>Programming for adults: Our team of professional staff provides programs suitable for all roles and levels of education and experience. We work with 200+ organizations annually, including health care, emergency responders, mental health agencies, community and faith-based, k to 12 and higher education, government and business.
>Training for youth: Our interactive and practical programs are suitable for youth aged 12 through 24. We work with schools, community-based programs and alternative programs for youth with social, behavioural, learning and mental health challenges.
>Mindful Tools: On-line tools
>Our Online Distress Services are a resource where youth and adults in distress can: GET HELP by having a real-time online chat with a trained volunteer, or by getting email support from the Crisis Centre’s professional staff. LEARN MORE about common issues and concerns such as bullying, disordered eating, depression and self-harm. FIND RESOURCES by connecting to our online library of useful websites and community resources