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Mental Health Programs Change Lives

Are you or a loved one struggling with mental health? Reach out, we can help!

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Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver-Fraser Branch offers many programs for youth.

We encourage you to contact our office to see what program is the best fit for you or your loved one.


Here4Peers is a school-based mental health literacy youth-driven program. Facilitator training is provided to high school students to provide online workshops on mental health awareness to Grade 6/7 students dealing with their own similar challenges. The goal is to provide preventive and early intervention tools that increase awareness of coping tools, improve access to resources, and reduce the stigma of mental health issues amongst the student body.

Urban Resilience Opportunities for Kids (previously Super Fun Groups) builds resilience, creates connection and instills confidence to children suffering from a mental challenge or who live with a parent with a mental illness by providing monthly outings. With this approach, youth achieve success in the programs where they might not in other areas of life.

This program ensures that youth are able to:

Increase social networks and skill development

It is estimated that as many as 15 percent of children and youth are affected by a mental health problem at any given time.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified feelings of stress and anxiety, causing alarming levels of despair, suicidal thoughts and hopelessness within our local community, and across Canada.

Improve Access to Resources

Increase Awareness of Coping Tools

Reduce the Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Would these programs help you or someone you know?
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The Here4Peers program is something I wish I would’ve had and known about when I was going through such huge changes, but unfortunately, I didn’t which made things harder for me. However, now I have the opportunity to provide that to others, and be part of such an amazing movement. I feel lucky to be part of this program—it makes me really happy that we can create this change for younger grades.
Grade 12 Student
This year, especially with COVID-19, my daughter has been extremely isolated form her regular school friends. With UROK she is able to get out with friends she has met through this group. She feels supported in the program and that’s what matters to me, and I can finally enjoy time for self-care. Thank you!
Parent of a UROK program participant
About the CMHA-VF

As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) helps people access the community resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness or addiction. By offering community-based mental health education, services, and supports for children, youth, adults and seniors, CMHA Vancouver-Fraser contributes to the long-term health and wellbeing of our communities.

We have three pillars of work.

Mental health problems often first develop during adolescence or early adulthood, with half of all mental disorders beginning by age 14 and 75 percent beginning by age 24 (MHFA).

If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue – we are here to help!

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver-Fraser branch, offers a variety of mental health programs for children and youth. Some of the programs require agency referrals and some are offered within the school system. We’ve seen hundreds of young people come through our programs who have developed new coping and resiliency skills and who have a new understanding of the difference between mental health and mental illness.

Interact with safe and supportive adult role models

Form healthy attachments through long-term participation

Mental Health Programs that Help YOUTH

Wellness and Community Inclusion – We walk alongside people living with mental illness. We support them in reaching their hopes and dreams and living full and contributing lives in their communities.

Early Intervention and Prevention – We increase young peoples’ mental health knowledge while helping them develop skills to maintain positive mental health and develop confidence to ask for help when they need it.

Mental Health Promotion – Mental health includes habits and behaviours that build positive mental health, social support networks that we can count on and that have a strong connection to our community. CMHA helps people with these aspects of living a mentally healthy life and reduces the stigma related to mental illness.