Crisis Line Numbers:
1 844 741 6389 (toll-free)
Empower Me offers mental health counselling in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling. This support is available 24/7 and is free of charge for students who are members of the AMS/GSS Student Health Plan.
Other Mental Health Support Groups in Vancouver & Lower Mainland:
Mood Disorders Association of BC: Click here for Lower Mainland Support Groups
Meetup Depression Support Groups: http://depression.meetup.com/cities/ca/bc/vancouver/
BC Obsessive Compulsive Disorder support group: meets most Saturday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Central Vancouver Public Library on Level 6. For more info call: Arte – (604) 325 – 6290 (It is suggested that you have a diagnosis first before calling and attending the group.)
LifeRing Canada provides community-based mutual self-help support groups for women and men who self-identify with problematic substance use: http://liferingcanada.org/our-story
Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.vancouveraa.ca/find-a-meeting-2/
- We are a community where young Canadians can explore their mental health amongst their peers.
- At WalkAlong, we believe wellness comes from empowerment and we like to see WalkAlong as a companion; someone to walk along with you during your journey to better mental health.
- This portal is a Canadian-based mental health resource that also provides information and links to existing mental health care resources for friends & family members.
- This website is designed to help youth and young adults in British Columbia check out how they’re feeling and quickly connect to mental health resources and support.
- Support includes education, self-care tools, website links, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.
- The Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD) is a multidisciplinary collaborative network of researchers, health care providers and community members (people living with bipolar disorder, their family members and supports) dedicated to researching and exchanging knowledge about psychological and social factors in bipolar disorder.
- Our aim is to enhance the wellness of people living with the condition.
- British Columbia’s online resource for Early Psychosis Intervention
- Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) is a specialized approach to providing services to individuals affected by psychosis.
- Website includes information about resources, getting help, supporting a loved one, treatment, etc.
- HeadsUpGuys is a resource built to support men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success.
- Our project was created in partnership with the Movember Foundation and UBC.
If you’re interested in borrowing a book, magazine or movie, please email us at email@example.com and one of our facilitators can meet you at a meeting and bring the material.
We have a number of self-help, fiction and non-fiction books.
We also have issues of Esperanza magazine (anxiety and depression), SZ magazine (schizophrenia), and bp magazine (bipolar).
|Title||Description/Synopsis||Disorder Type||DVD Location|
|Madness of King George (1994)||The story of King George III of England’s slide into insanity, and the political and royal back stabbing which results from his incapacitation. Despite being very amusing at times, this is a sad tale of medical practices in the later 1700s as well as an insight into life inside and around the royalty of the time.||Dementia||CSI|
|Woman Under the Influence (1974)(Criterion Collection)||Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema.||Mental Illness NOS||Steven’s|
|Running With Scissors (2007)(Widescreen)||Based on Augusten Burroughs’ memoir of the same name, the film is a semi-autobiographical account of Burroughs’ childhood. His mother, Deidre, perceiving an ill-fated upbringing, places him under the care of her unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch, the eccentric patriarch of an oddball family.||Mental Illness NOS||CSI|
|Face to Face (1976)||A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness. Dr. Jenny Isaksson is a psychiatrist married to another psychiatrist; both are successful in their jobs but slowly, agonizingly, she succumbs to a breakdown. Jenny is haunted by images and emotions from her past and eventually cannot function, either as a wife, a doctor or as an individual.||Mental Illness NOS||CSI|
|Reprise (2006)||Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.||Mental Illness NOS||CSI|
|As Good As It Gets (1997||A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is in an accident
|12 Monkeys (1995)(Special Edition)||The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035, who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. Returning to the year 1990, Cole is soon imprisoned in a psychiatric facility because his warnings sound like mad ravings. There he meets a scientist named Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the mad son of an eminent virologist (Christopher Plummer). But, as he delves into the mystery, he hears voices, loses his bearings, and doubts his own sanity. He must figure out if Goines, who seems to be a raving lunatic, holds the key to the puzzle.||Mental Illness NOS||CSI|
|Clean, Shaven (1995)(Criterion Collection)||Peter Winter is a young schizophrenic who is desperately trying to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. He attempts to function in a world that, for him, is filled with strange voices, electrical noise, disconcerting images, and jarringly sudden emotional shifts. He clings to his humanity like a raft, barely afloat in a sea of terror. In a brief moment of congruence, he shatters his image reflected in a window, perhaps to more properly align it with his fragmented psyche. During his quest, he runs afoul of the law and an ongoing murder investigation.||Schizophrenia||CSI|
|I’m a Cyborg, but that’s OK (2006)||A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people’s souls.||Schizophrenia, Mental Illness NOS||CSI|
|Keane (2004)||A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from port authority bus terminal in New York, while fighting serious battles with schizophrenia. We can never be sure if the loss is real or imaginary; or whether his overt interest in helping young girls is innocent and of a fatherly nature, or is of a darker, scarier motive.||Schizophrenia||CSI|
|Regeneration (1997)||Based on Pat Barker’s novel of the same name, ‘Regeneration’ tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England’s most important WW1 poets.||PTSD||CSI|
|Little Miss Sunshine (2006)||When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive, voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams. Add into the mix a Nietzsche-reading teenage son who has taken a vow of silence until he finds his fate as a fighter pilot; a horny, heroin-happy grandfather with a penchant for creative profanity; and a suicidal genius and Proust scholar still reeling about losing both his male lover and his MacArthur Foundation genius grant.||DepressionSuicide||CSI|
|Sylvia (2003)||Talented, but plagued by her owns demons, Sylvia Plath’s early relationship with husband and fellow poet, Ted Hughes, is dominated by Ted’s ambition and success. In the early years of their marriage Sylvia lacks inspiration and increasingly senses Ted’s infidelity. The unspoken question is whether Ted’s extra-marital affairs are the result of Sylvia’s own insecurities or whether Sylvia’s deepening depression is exacerbated by her husband’s philandering. It is only towards the end, when they are separated, that Sylvia is able to truly explore the dark depths of her soul and write the brilliant poetry that earned her fame.||Mood DisorderSuicide||CSI|
|Awakenings (1990) & The Fisher King (1991)(Two films on one dvd)||Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks’s 1973 memoir Awakenings. It tells the true story of British neurologist Oliver, fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer and portrayed by Robin Williams who, in 1969, discovers beneficial effects of the then-new drug L-Dopa. He administered it to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe (played by Robert De Niro) and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonia and have to deal with a new life in a new time.The Fisher King is a 1991 American comedy-drama film written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam. It stars Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges. A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.||Mental Illness NOSDepressionSchizophrenia||CSI|
|Mysterious Skin (2004)(Deluxe Unrated Director’s Edition)||Mysterious Skin tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach, and how it affects their lives in different ways into their young adulthood. One boy becomes a reckless, sexually adventurous male prostitute, while the other retreats into a fantasy of alien abduction.||PTSD?||CSI|
|One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)Special Edition (Widescreen)[2 Discs]||Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse.||Antisocial Personality Disorder||CSI|
|It’s Kind Of A Funny Story (2010)
||A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.||Depression||CSI|
|Taxi Driver (1976)||A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.||Mental Illness NOS||CSI|
|Requiem for a Dream (2000)||The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island individuals are shattered when their addictions become stronger. The film depicts different forms of addiction, leading to the characters’ imprisonment in a world of delusion and reckless desperation that is subsequently overtaken and devastated by reality.||AddictionEating Disorder||CSI|
|Elling (2001)||When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s. After two years, the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment and stipend with the hope they will be able to live on their own. Initially, the simple act of going around the corner for groceries is a challenge. Through a friendship born of desperate dependence, the skittish Elling and the boisterous, would-be lover of women, Kjell Bjarne, discover they can not only survive on the outside, they can thrive. But as their courage grows, the two find oddball ways to cope with society, striking up the most peculiar friendships in the most unlikely places.||Social Anxiety Disorder||CSI|
|The Bridge (2006)||People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call. Steel and his crew filmed the bridge during daylight hours from two separate locations for all of 2004, recording most of the two dozen deaths in that year (and preventing several others). They also taped interviews with friends, families and witnesses, who recount in sorrowful detail stories of struggles with depression, substance abuse and mental illness. Raises questions about suicide, mental illness and civic responsibility as well as the filmmaker’s relationship to his fraught and complicated material.||DepressionSuicide||Andrea’s|
|Tarnation (2003)||Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette’s documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother — a mixture of snapshots, Super-8, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more — culled from 19 years of his life.||Schizophrenia||Andrea’s|
|Take Shelter (2011)||Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.||Delusions||Andrea’s|
|Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)||Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.||Paranoia||Andrea’s|
|Melancholia (2011)||On the night of her wedding to Michael (Alexander Skarsgård), Justine (Kirsten Dunst) struggles with premonitions of a blue planet called Melancholia, on a collision course with the Earth. Ironically, while the ensuing oblivion brings on a condition of depressive, Melancholia, Justine’s sister, Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), struggles to maintain composure and calm around her as impending disaster unsettles everyone. The extravagant wedding, paid for by Justine’s brother-in-law, is shattered as the husband and guests depart and the sisters are left to deal with the impending cataclysm alone.||Depression||Andrea’s|
|The Soloist (2008)||In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, even through his half-broken instruments. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez’s good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers’ personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them.||Schizophrenia||Andrea’s|
|Canvas (2006)||A woman’s schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.||Schizophrenia||Andrea’s|