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Patients and the public of B.C. and Yukon can access these online books by calling 1.888.675.8001 x 7000 (toll-free) to get a username and password from the Library. See Managing Stress e-Books for more e-books about managing anxiety, stress and depression.
These websites have been reviewed and approved by the BC Cancer librarians. See the "Looking for More?" tab above to find more recommended websites.
This is a list of support programs offered by community organizations and BC Cancer. You can find more support programs offered at each BC Cancer centre and in the community on the BC Cancer website.
BC Cancer Patient & Family Counselling
Available to anyone in B.C. who has a cancer diagnosis, as well as those supporting them. Counselling available for individuals, couples, and families, either in-person or over the phone. Services are solution-focused and are limited to addressing challenges related to cancer.
Relaxation & Music Therapy Program (BC Cancer)
The BC Cancer guided imagery and music therapy experience can promote relaxation and nervous system regulation. Groups are led by certified music therapist Carolyn Neapole. A BC Cancer counsellor also runs the session. No experience needed and everyone is welcome. Sessions are Tuesdays 2:30 – 3:30pm and Thursdays 10:30 – 11:30am. To register, please call 604-877-6000 ext. 672194
Anxiety BC Mindshift CBT Groups
8 session online therapy program for small groups of young adults and adults with mild to moderate anxiety.
BC Association for Living Mindfully (B-CALM)
Offers an eight-week Art of Living Mindfully course that teaches mindfulness meditation to help participants better cope with stress and challenging emotions. The course is covered by MSP if you are referred by an M.D.
A workbook-based program with telephone coaching available in English and Cantonese. Bounce Back community coaches assist in the teaching of problem-solving and other skills to overcome difficulties such as inactivity, unhelpful thinking, worry, and avoidance. Access to the coaching component requires a doctor's referral.
An online community for cancer patients, caregivers, friends and family. A safe place to connect and find support. Regular webcasts are available on demand on a series of topics relevant to people with cancer including physical activity, relationships and complementary therapies.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills Group
CBT Skills Groups are eight-week Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) groups for adult patients (17.5-75 years old) who want to learn practical tools to improve their mental health. Referral from family physician, nurse practitioner, or a walk-in clinic required.
If you are in crisis or distress and require an immediate response, call the Provincial Crisis Line at 310.6789 (do not enter 604, 778 or 250 area codes). This free service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no wait or busy signal.
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Find quality information, learn new skills, and connect with key resources in BC.
Free online exercise therapy, stress management, nutrition, and counselling services and programs.
Get free tailored treatment from an online therapist, or work on your own with self-help resources.
For people struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental illness or substance abuse conditions. Start by taking a screening quiz to uncover what mental health and substance use challenges you may be struggling with. Once you know what it is you need help with, get recommendations for online information, interactive self-help programs and local in-person services.
Suicide Crisis Helpline
Call or text 9-8-8 if you are in crisis or if you are worried about someone else.
WomenMD (Victoria, BC)
Mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, yoga, and other wellness programs offered in Victoria, BC. Referrals are required for all programs from your family physician or walk-in physician.
Community services locator
The Canadian Cancer Society community services locator is a directory that helps cancer patients, survivors, family and caregivers find the services they need.
Resources found in these Pathfinders have been chosen and evaluated by BC Cancer librarians with input from other BC Cancer staff members. Suggestions for additional resources for inclusion are welcome; however, the Library reserves the final right to decide which websites and resources will be included. See our Inclusion/removal policy.
Resources are reviewed on a regular basis, however, the Library cannot guarantee the function, accuracy, or currency of the websites and the information contained within them.
The BC Cancer library system consists of a central library at Vancouver Centre (VC), and branches in Abbotsford (AC), Kelowna (SAHCSI), Prince George (CN), Surrey (FVC), and Victoria (VIC). All centres have patient resource collections in our Cancer Information Centres (CIC), and all centres have a professional collection on site. Professional resources for CN are housed in the adjacent UHNBC Library.