Métis Mental Health Support
“We share the grief, the pain and the outrage - and understand that we have a painful but necessary
road ahead of us to walk together, to right wrongs and to support Indigenous communities who are
carrying this ongoing burden with strength, resilience and leadership.
The need has never been greater to listen and to learn about B.C.’s colonial history and to seek truth, justice and reconciliation. As government, we have an important role in this process, and we know that
non-Indigenous British Columbians throughout the province want to play a part in this critical work."
- BCs Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Métis Family Services acknowledges that our community is grieving the continued findings of the children murdered and missing as a result of B.C.'s Residential School System - and the toll this grief and anguish can take on our mental health and well-being.
Please reach out to your worker if you are finding it difficult to cope during this time, or seek support through the following resources. The Métis Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Indian Residential School Survivors Society
24/7 Crisis Support 1-800-721-0066
The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) has a wealth of experience delivering wellness and healing services to Indian Residential School Survivors and intergenerational Survivors throughout B.C. IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and to those dealing with intergenerational traumas. These impacts affect every family and every community across B.C. and Canada.
Their services include:
grief and loss counselling
family and group counselling
24/7 Métis Crisis Line
MNBC Ministry of Mental Health
General support as shared by MNBC:
310-6789 – No area code – Toll free access to emotional support, information and resources for mental health.
1-800-784-2433 – Suicide crisis line for those who are or know someone having thoughts of suicide.
1-800-663-1441 – Alcohol and Drug information and referral service. Will connect you to open and available services and resources for alcohol and substance use supports.
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/mental-health-support-in-bc/adults – list of resources from immediate support to non-crisis online and phone supports.
https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/ – Portal for finding and accessing supports and other resources.
https://dwdonline.ca/ – Resources and self-help skills for dealing with depression
1-800-563-0808 – VictimLinkBC – information, referral and crisis supports to victims of family violence, crime and more.
Kids and Youth support as shared by MNBC:
1-800-668-6868 – Kid’s Help Phone – access to professional counsellors.
https://foundrybc.ca/ – Support for Youth age 12-24. Will be open for appointments most days through the holidays. Also offering virtual services through 1-833-308-6379.
https://youthinbc.com/ – online chat and phone services for Youth available from 12pm – 1am.
Seniors and Elder support as shared by MNBC:
1-855-306-1443 – Seniors Abuse and Information line. Available 8am – 8pm.