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Free, 24/7 counselling service supports student mental health

Posted on May 25, 2022

If you’re experiencing any difficulties with your mental health, the best and smartest thing to do is to ask for help. 

Mental illness can take many forms and differ from person to person, and it’s natural to feel anxious, sad, or insecure in various circumstances of life. However, when uncomfortable feelings stick around and begin to interfere with your relationships, work, or school, talking to someone is an important first step to stopping things from getting worse.

Getting help with your mental health is a sign of strength and intelligence, not weakness. Like any other medical issue, mental illness needs treatment, and for post-secondary students in B.C., free help is available 24/7.

Here2Talk is a mental health counselling and referral service available to all B.C. post-secondary students. The service offers confidential, free, single-session services by app, phone, or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How to access Here2Talk

B.C. post-secondary students can access professional counselling services by:

Students calling from outside Canada can also dial 604.642.5212 (international calling charges may apply). Phone services are available in additional languages upon request.

The Here2Talk service is operated by LifeWorks, and can support students dealing with challenges such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, pressure to perform, crises, racism, and relationships. Counsellors will also be equipped to refer students to local resources in their communities.


VCC Counselling Services

At VCC, counselling services are available free of charge to all registered students and applicants. VCC’s counselling team consists of trained, professional counsellors who are able to support you in the management of personal issues that may affect your academic performance or personal well-being.

Counselling reception for both VCC campuses can be reached by calling 604.871.7000, option 2.

VCC Counselling office hours

Broadway campus  
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Thursday  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Downtown campus   
Monday - Wednesday, Friday  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m 
Thursday  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

 

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