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Local Resources for Families and Individuals

Parents Together 
A local self-help/support program offered in Nanaimo for parents experiencing parent/teen conflict.

Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services                                            Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services are free and available to anyone in the community directly or indirectly negatively impacted by substance use.

The Impact of Substance Abuse Stigma and How to Challenge it in Our Communities
New video from Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse CCSA explores the impact of substance abuse stigma and how to challenge it in our communities.

Recreation and Leisure Accessibility and the City of Nanaimo
The City of Nanaimo’s Leisure Economic Access Policy (LEAP) helps to ensure everyone can participate in city funded programs..

What Is A LEAP Card? – A LEAP card entitles you and qualified family members to a 50
percent course fee discount (to a maximum of $40) for 4 courses per year (Some programs
may not qualify for the discount). In addition, all participants will be issued a Swim/Skate/Gym
Pass for 50 FREE admissions throughout the year.

Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island
Provides before and after school care for children and youth, summer day camp programs, teen drop in centre and parenting programs.

Justice Access Centre
The Nanaimo Justice Access Centre is the place to come when you need help with family and civil law issues that affect your everyday life, such as separation or divorce, income security, employment, housing or debt.

Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services
Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services (Kw’umut Lelum) is an Aboriginal Society dedicated to the well-being of all children in its nine member Nations. Its mission is to work towards children’s right to live with dignity, the integrity of the family, the parents right to care for their children, within the standards of the community.

Tillicum Haus Native Friendship Centre
Promotes justice, fairness and equality for Aboriginal people through a holistic approach to programming and services in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Youth Services Association
Offers programs and services to youth in Nanaimo, such as the Youth Employment Centre, One-Stop Youth Drop in centre and BladeRunners program as well as Youth Housing and Supportive Living programs.

Nanaimo Family Life Association
Established to enhance the quality of life for families living in Nanaimo and area by providing support, educational, preventative programs and referral services to the community.

Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society
Provides information on local Crisis Line, links to information on the Crisis Counselling walk-in clinic at Brooks’ Landing as well as a database on community resources.

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Triple P Vancouver Island
Triple P program information, factsheets and contact information for Triple P providers on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island Health Authority
Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services

Rainbows BC
Free educational support group for children and families suffering loss of parents through death, divorce/separation, or abandonment.

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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Expert
Offers a unique reference point on eating disorders; diagnosing, signs, causes, risks and treatment.

National Eating Disorder Information Centre
A Canadian, non-profit organization, established in 1985 to provide information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.

Canadian Mental Health Association
Information on Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association
Dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders.

Jessie’s Hope, Here to Help
A non-profit organization, has been educating, supporting and advocating for services around the issue of eating disorders in the province of British Columbia since 1985.

Providence Health Care Eating Disorders Programs
The mission of the Providence Health Care Eating Disorders Program is to deliver specialized treatment to men and women aged 17 and older who live in British Columbia and struggle with severe anorexia and/or severe bulimia nervosa.

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Provincial Services Program
The Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program at BC Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, specialized program to assess and treat children and adolescents with eating disorders.

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For Parents

Dads & Daughters
A site dedicated to helping fathers be involved in their daughters lives.

Healthy Weight Network
Francie Berg’s web site presents the latest scientific information on eating and healthy weight issues.

Empowered Parents
Abigail Natenshon offers a family approach to healthy eating, positive body image and the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.

Gurze Books – Eating Disorder Resources
The most complete eating disorder bookshelf catalogue. Regularly reviews new books about eating disorders.

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Sexual Abuse Intervention Program

Public Health Agency of Canada
Sexual abuse publications link.

Mary Manning Centre – Victoria Child Abuse and Counselling Centre
Provides resources and information to parents and families affected by sexual abuse

Here To Help BC
Information and fact sheet for families affected by sexual abuse.

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Living in Families With Teens

Federal Government website for youth
Source for information about programs and services available for youth at the community level and beyond.

BC Council for Families
Provides research and resources on family issues.

Life Matters
Resources on parenting children and teenagers, information on the STEP parenting program as well as resources for managing stress as a parent.

Safe Online Outreach Society
British Columbia society providing resources for parents and professional to safeguard children and teenagers from online sexual abuse and cyber bullying.

Parent Support Services of BC (formerly Parents in Crisis)
A non-profit, volunteer-based society whose mandate is to prevent child abuse and to promote healthy relationships by supporting parenting, families and communities. Parent Support Services is based in Vancouver, with regional offices in Victoria, the Nanaimo area, and Prince George.

The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness Initiative (COPMI)
The COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) national initiative develops information for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends in support of these children. This information complements online training courses developed by COPMI for professionals to support families either individually or through community services and programs.

COVID Resources

Service Canada

If you need help accessing critical benefits, you can complete a service request form at: Once the service request is submitted, a Service Canada representative will contact you within 2 business days.

If you do not have access to a computer or need more support, you can get help by calling the toll free Service Canada Outreach Support Centre at 1-877-631-2657.  Outreach workers are available to help from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection

Tips for Video Chatting

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Mental Health Outreach

Canadian Mental Health Association
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division exists to promote the mental health of British Columbians and support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

Youth in BC
Vancouver based crisis call centre for youth in BC, provides crisis support online through their chat program. Site provides helpful information and resources on stress, bullying, suicidal ideation and other mental health concerns for teens.

Here to Help
Here to Help is a part of seven leading provincial mental health and addictions nonprofit agencies working together as the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Since 2003, they’ve combined their efforts to help individuals and families better manage mental health and substance use problems.

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program
The Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program at BC Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, specialized program to assess and treat children and adolescents with eating disorders.

The Anxiety Disorder Association of British Columbia (AnxietyBC™)
A non-profit organization, who work to increase awareness about anxiety disorders; promote education of the general public, affected persons, and health care providers; and increase access to evidence-based resources and treatments.

The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health
Formed in 2000, the society is comprised of parents whose children’s lives are touched by mental disorders to ensure mental health care and services are provided to children and youth and to assist their families in finding information and support.

Internet Mental Health
Internet Mental Health is a free encyclopedia of mental health information created by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long.

Mind Your Mind
An award winning site for youth by youth. This is a place where youth can get info, resources and the tools to help manage stress, crisis and mental health problems.

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Central Vancouver Island Harm Reduction Services

Aids Vancouver Island
Options for Sexual Health
Pivot Legal Society
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
CMHA Homeless Outreach
Hiiye’yu’Lelum (House of Friendship, Cowichan Valley)
Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society
Listing of Drug Rehab Programs in British Columbia
Clearview Detox, Nanaimo, BC
Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Nanaimo Information

BC Housing
Ministry of Housing and Social Development

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From the Generation Q (Working with Trans, Two-Spirit, Intersex and Non Binary Youth) Conference February 4th in Nanaimo, the following resources are highlighted:

A reminder that if you know of youth in the community who want to connect with the GenQ youth group, you can refer them to  GenQ meets Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island (#20 Fifth Street).

For parents and caregivers, there’s the Parents of Gender Creative Kids group. More info is available by emailing