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 counselling@langara.ca 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.

Peer Wellness
Peer Wellness Sessions support student well-being by creating a safe, welcoming, accessible environment to discuss mental health and wellness. During sessions, expect non-judgmental listening, information about available resources, opportunities to reflect, and strategies for healthy coping. The goal is to leave sessions feeling supported, optimistic, and empowered to make your own choices. One-on-one and group sessions open for all students.

Other Resources

  • Here2Talk: a confidential, free single-session counselling service by app, phone, or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • 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 counsellor@movingforwardfamilyservices.com
  • 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.
  • Foundry BC: Drop-in or schedule a virtual counselling appointment, find peer support, join one of the diverse youth or caregiver groups, or browse the library of tools and resources.

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. Note: As of April 3, the AAC is experiencing high demand on their services and has sometimes been challenging to access. Students are encouraged to try another resource included here if they have difficulty accessing services at the AAC. 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 Bookstore Monday to Friday from 10:00 am–3:00 pm. The Community Cupboard is not open on weekends, statutory holidays, or during campus closures. Students are asked to complete the Community Cupboard Online Form, before accessing their bag of non-perishable groceries.

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

Langara Emergency Funding
Bursary applications for spring 2021 are now closed. If you are registered as a full time, domestic, student, you may be eligible to apply next semester for our general bursaries.

Government COVID-19 Benefits and Services
Find provincial benefits and services that fit your situation.