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Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor

Goals / Purpose of Program

Mental Wellness refers to a state of well being that effects the way a person thinks, feels, and acts when faced with life's situations. When our mental wellness is  cared for we become better at handling stress, relating to other people, making decisions, and living fulfilling and rewarding lives.


Do you have questions about Mental Wellness or Mental Wellness services?  An Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor is available at UNYA to meet with youth of Aboriginal ancestry ages 12 to 18. The Wellness Counsellor will provide preventative, consultative, and clini cal mental health services for youth. Services include:


Program Activities  

  • Consultation to staff regarding youth mental health services (i.e. how to navigate the mental health system; resources available; provide feedback and/or suggestions for interventions).
  • Individual youth counselling for mild to moderate mental health concerns.
  • Staff edu cation on youth mental health issues (i.e. depression, self-harm, anxiety disorders, impulse control disorders, etc.), as identified
  • Youth groups that address mental health related issues through skill based and  capacity building activities and psycho-edu cation, as need arises.


How Youth Can Become Involved 


Youth can self-refer or be referred by a third party as long as they are aware and receptive to the referral, as this is a voluntary program. 


Program Funders 


Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor Program brochure (pdf)

How to contact us:

1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1S6
Phone: (604) 254-7732
Fax: (604) 254-7811


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1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6 Call: (604) 254-7732 Email: