It is a challenging and unprecedented time for all of us. There are a lot of useful resources to help you navigate this world health event we’re facing – please explore them:

Mental Health Support
It’s normal for you to feel stressed, overwhelmed, or worried about how COVID-19 will impact your studies, your health, and those around you. There are resources to provide strategies for dealing with this world health event:

Langara Counselling Department

The Counselling office is unavailable for face-to-face service but students can connect with a Counsellor or Advising Assistant for support via telephone, email, or a secure online platform (Zoom). Please email or call 604.323.5221 and leave your name, student ID, and a brief summary of what you would like assistance with. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Visit the Counselling website for more information.

Other Resources

  • Moving Forward Family Services: Our fully insured, fully supervised counselling interns are available to provide free, temporary telephone support to anyone who may be struggling emotionally while in self-isolation. Anyone wanting this service can call and leave a message, requesting telephone support, at 778.321.3054 or by email at
  • BounceBack: a free, community resource that can point you toward steps you can take to start feeling better.
  • One Voice Canada: a non-profit organization that focuses on bridging gaps between the local communities and international students.

Crisis Support

  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Empower Me: 24-hour helpline for anyone in crisis. Free counselling for students enrolled in LSU Health & Dental Plan. Call 1.844.741.6389 (toll-free). 
  • Access & Assessment Centre (VGH) – For individuals living within Vancouver for acute mental health and addiction support including suicidality, psychiatric crises, intake, and referral. Call or walk-ins from 7:30 am–11:00 pm. Located in the Segal Family Health Centre – 803 W 12th Ave. (First Floor) – 604.675.3700
  • Burnaby Outpatient Mental Health – call to make an appointment: Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm – 604.453.1900

Crisis Lines

Food Insecurity

Langara Community Cupboard

The Langara Community Cupboard provides one week’s worth of non-perishable food items per student per week. Students can access the Community Cupboard through The Hub (A140) Monday to Friday, between 11:00 am–1:00 pm. 

Local Food Banks

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank serves Vancouver, the North Shore, Burnaby, and New Westminster.

  • Beginning on April 1, existing and new members need to register for a membership.
  • Please bring government identification and proof of address.
  • Members may visit one Food Bank site per week. 
  • All sites are closed the week social assistance cheques are issued.
  • Dates, times, and locations are subject to change without notice so check the Greater Vancouver Food Bank website regularly.  
  • Members can also pick up an Annual Grocery Bag from the main office one (1) time every 12 months.

The following food banks are run by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank:

Other Food Banks not part of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank:

Emergency Funding
If you were a full-time student in the Spring 2020 semester, Langara College has allocated funding for domestic and international students in emergency need to cover expenses for groceries and basic needs (e.g. medicine, food). If students find they need emergency aid, please email from the email that is listed on your Langara account ( We will receive requests until April 20, 2020, or until funding is all dispersed.

Include your name, student number, and explanation of the emergency need.

We will do our best to help as many students as possible, but funding is not unlimited. If approved for emergency funding, a cheque will be mailed to the address listed on your student record so please ensure your address is local, and correct.