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Emotional Support

Your need for emotional support will change during each stage of cancer and cancer treatments.
Counselling & support

Dealing with cancer can cause intense emotions. Many people with cancer will experience emotional distress.

We have tools to help you:

  • Check out the Resources tab above. We have handouts, videos and more to help you manage stress, deal with loss, and more.
  • Support programs: We have a number of support programs from art therapy to cancer-specific support groups. Programs are available to all people with cancer in B.C. Many are virtual. Check out what is available on our Support Programs page.
  • Counselling: Your healthcare team includes counselling. Our counsellors can assess your situation, give support and help you find services or programs. You or your family member can book an appointment to speak with a counsellor. Contact Patient & Family Counselling at your centre. You can also talk to your doctor about a referral for Psychiatry Services.
  • BC Cancer Library: Our librarians are here to help you find the information you need. Check out the library catalogue or speak to a librarian.
Handouts, videos & more



  • SoundCloud: listen to relaxation and mindfulness playlists

BC Cancer webpages

Community support
  • Talk to your family doctor
  • Talk to counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists and spiritual health practitioners in your community
  • BC Mental Health Information Line:
    • Toll free: 1-800-661-2121
    • Lower Mainland: 604-669-7600
    • The information line gives free information 24 hours a day about symptoms, causes, treatments, and support programs.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (BC):
    • Toll free: 1-800-555-8222
    • Lower Mainland: 604-688-3234
  • Anxiety Canada  
  • Kelty's Key Online Therapy: online courses for dealing with anxiety, depression, family support and insomnia
  • Self-management BC 
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice
  • BC Bereavement Helpline:
    • Toll free: 1-877-779-2223
    • Lower Mainland: 604-738-9950 
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