The Suicide Awareness and Prevention Working Group
Partner Contact Info:
Sea to Sky Innovations in Mental Health Project Christine Buttkus 604.849.2252
Child and Youth Mental Health (MCFD) Rob Smith, Team Leader; 604.892.1400 (for information about depression, anxiety, separation and divorce) – Click Here
Helping Hands 604.815.4984
Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society-Programs for Women and Children – 604.892.5748
Sea to Sky RCMP Squamish 604.892.6100
RCMP Victim Services Coordinator, Michelle Foley.
Sea to Sky Community Services Society (SSCS), Squamish – Click Here or call 604.892.5796; 1.877.892.2022
Squamish Youth Resource Centre (SSCS) can be reached at 604.892.2207.
North Shore Schizophrenia Society’s Family Support Services (NSSS) – Click Here 604.926.0856 (for education, family support and counseling on all serious mental illnesses). The Family to Family Education Course is offered in Sea to Sky every February. Friends, neighbors, employers, landlords and service providers are also welcome to call NSSS for information and advice if they are worried about someone. We work with people wherever they are, often family members in other provinces and sometimes other countries.
Every third Wednesday of the month, a Whistler Family Support Group will be taking place from 7:30-9:30, free of charge.
Topics covered at this meeting include: Problem solving and how to cope, communication with someone who is ill, advice on working with the system, looking after yourself as a caregiver and access to family support coordinators for personal support.
Squamish Nation Christine Baker – 604.848-2258
Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Addiction Services – Click Here 604.892.6400.
VCH Mental Health and Addiction Services can be reached in Squamish at 604.815.3008.
Vancouver Coastal Health – Click Here
Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) – Click Here
1519 Spring Creek Drive
Whistler Youth Center – Click Here
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources
Useful web links offer help:
BC211 provides free and confidential information and referral help lines for British Columbians – Click Here
Coping With Suicidal Thoughts – Click Here
Resources for Talking with Someone You Think Might be Considering Suicide
YouThinkBC – Click Here
Resources for Employers
International Association for Suicide Prevention Website – Click Here
Jed Foundation. Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student includes mental health promotion and suicide prevention information – Click Here
Mental Health Works is a website of the CMHA – Click Here
Squamish Public Library has a collection of books, brochures and resource materials about a variety of mental health topics and suicide for parents, youth and elementary aged children available to you. Contact the library’s Information Services desk or call 604-892-3110 for assistance.
For those with an illness, a connection to Mental Health Services is important:
- VCH Mental Health and Addiction Services can be reached in Squamish at 604.815.3008.
- MCFD Child and Youth Mental Health can be reached at 604.892.1400.
Hate Crimes – Advice for Canadians – Click Here
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