Mental health, wellness supports

We recognize that the issues this investigation is addressing have the potential to negatively affect the mental health and wellness of those who participate.

The following is a list of available resources and referrals for mental health and wellness support and services:

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 national support service offering professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

  • 1-800-668-6868 to speak to a professional counsellor.
  • Text the word “connect” to 686868 to access text support.

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line and On-line Counselling Service

The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across Canada.

KUU-US Crisis Services

The KUU-US Crisis line is available 24/7 to provide support to Indigenous people in B.C. For more information visit:

  • Toll Free: 1-800-KUU-US17 (1-800-588-8717)
  • Adult/Elder: 1-250-723-4050
  • Child/Youth: 1-250-723-2040

Provincial Alcohol and Drug Information Referral Service

This Service provides free, confidential information and referral services to British Columbians in need of support with any kind of substance use issue (alcohol or other drugs).

  • Toll-free: 1-800-663-1441
  • Lower Mainland: 604-660-9382

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Mental Wellness & Counselling Through Health Benefits

Health Benefits provides clients with access to mental wellness and counselling services from a qualified mental health provider. All services require prior approval. A list of providers registered with Health Benefits, including those available to provide support over the phone or Internet, can be found by visiting the FNHA First Nations Health Benefits Mental Health Provider List or by contacting 1-855-550-5454.