Victoria Counselling Services and Crisis Lines

Victoria, BC, has many free counselling and mental health resources that may be able to help you with an immediate crisis or ongoing support.  Below are links to local crisis lines and mental health services that provide either free or low cost assistance.

Free 24 hour crisis counselling and emergency support:

Vancouver Island Crisis Line:
Call: 1-888-494-3888
Text: 250-800-3806

Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health)

Victoria Mental Health Centre
(250) 370-8175

Emergency shelters and counseling for women:
  • Victoria Women’s Transition House community office
  • Bridges (Victoria and area)
  • Sooke Transition House (Westshore)
First Nations Resources:
Counselling agencies with free or low cost programs:
Addictions-related counselling and groups:
Free Employment Assistance and Counselling
Other helpful mental health organizations:

For other mental health clinics and counselling resources in and around Victoria that are not on this list, please try the Vancouver Island Crisis Line’s Community Resource Database:

This page is a work in progress.  If you know of any low cost or free counselling program, mental health organization, or crisis line in Victoria or on southern Vancouver Island that could appear on this list, please let me know.

Forest meets sea at Sombrio beach, BC. Photo taken by Derek Martin