Mood and Anxiety

Managing Anxiety

Anxiety Canada – Anxiety Canada (formerly Anxiety BC) is a non-profit organization with great evidence-based, self-help resources, developed by psychologists. 

Kelty’s Key – A website created by Vancouver Coastal Health. Kelty’s Key is a free and confidential online cognitive behavioral therapy service that can provide you with the support you need to feel better.

Mood Gym – Moodgym is an online self-help program out of Australia. Designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is like an interactive, online self-help book which teaches skills based on cognitive behaviour therapy. Small yearly cost.

What should I do during panic attack? Try this video.

Why do we do exposure for anxiety?

What about exposure therapy for social anxiety?


Managing Bipolar disorder

Bipolar Wellness Centre – UBC site with support for wellness when you are dealing with Bipolar disorder


Managing Depression

Bounce Back is a free depression and anxiety treatment program provided to BC residents by the Canadian Mental Health Association. Ask your family physician for a referral or phone, email or register online yourself.
Bounce Back: 1-866-639-0522 / bounceback@cmha.bc.ca

Heads up guys – Men’s Depression information website

Kelty’s Key – A website created by Vancouver Coastal Health. Kelty’s Key is a free and confidential online cognitive behavioral therapy service that can provide you with the support you need to feel better.

Mood Gym – Moodgym is an online self-help program out of Australia. Designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is like an interactive, online self-help book which teaches skills based on cognitive behaviour therapy. Small yearly cost.

What is depression?

You feel like s%*t – a self care game. Do you have difficulty taking care of yourself…try this website.


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD; mood disorder with a seasonal pattern)

Treatments for SAD (medication, psychotherapy, self-help) are similar to treatments we would use for mood disorders without a seasonal pattern…maybe with extra focus on exercise and exposure to outdoor light and some modest evidence supporting Vitamin D supplementation. More info here:


What about lamps? …although still recommended for treatment of SAD, not enough research to recommend for prevention (that’s too bad)…and you’ll want to check with your healthcare provider before purchasing one…also, light devices aren’t well regulated be careful about what you buy…No idea how up to date this link is, but it is a local list of lamp sources https://sad.psychiatry.ubc.ca/resources/public-resources/how-to-get-a-light-device 


Managing Suicidal Thoughts

  • BC Crisis Line: 604-872-3311 / Toll Free: 1-866-661-3311 / TTY: 1-866-872-0113
  • Senior’s Distress: 604-872-1234
  • 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433 https://crisiscentre.bc.ca
  • Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 or 604 851 8855
  • Fraser Health Crisis Line: 604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444 (toll free) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Vancouver Coastal Distress Line: 604-872-3311 / 1-866-661-3311
  • Island Health Distress Line: 1-888-494-3888
  • Interior Health Distress Line: 1-888-353-2273
  • Norther Health Distress Line: 1-888-562-1214
  • Crisis Chat: www.youthinbc.com or www.crisiscentrechat.ca
  • Up to 30 years old? Chat at http://youthspace.ca OR Text to 778-783-0177 Responses 6pm and midnight
  • 6-18 years old? Fraser Health’s START Team (START; short term assessment response treatment) may be able to help if you are trying to find crisis help for a child/teen aged 6 to 18 years who is experiencing the rapid onset (in the past 2-4 weeks) of extreme mental health symptoms resulting in the child/teen being unable to participate in their typical daily activities or relationships.

Managing suicidal thoughts? NowMattersNow.org If you have suicidal thoughts and problems that feel unsolvable, I promise you are not alone (even if it feels like it). This website may help you hack your suffering.

Coping with suicidal thoughts   Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. and Dr. Dan Bilsker, R.Psych. (Lead Authors; 2007), Consortium for Organizational Mental Health (COMH; www.comh.ca), Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.


Mood and Anxiety Issues surrounding pregnancy

Pacific Postpartum Society – If you are feeling sad, overwhelmed, anxious during pregnancy or after the birth or adoption of a child, you may be dealing with peri-partum anxiety, depression or even OCD. This website lists support numbers and other resources.


COVID

How come we all have so much ANXIETY During COVID??

OK…so how do I manage my ANXIETY during COVID??


Langley Mental Health provides publicly funded assessment, individual and group treatment.

Other low cost and free therapy resources

My caveat/disclaimer: I have reviewed these resources, BUT I did not create them and do not continuously monitor them. I only include resources I believe to be reliable, but given the nature of the internet, these links or their information may be changed without my knowledge. …so, always read critically, consult with your healthcare provider before making changes to your healthcare plan…and, if you are in crisis, you probably already know to look for help (911, hospital emergency, crisis line 1-800-784-2433) and reach out to someone.