Short-term counselling is available to help currently enrolled students resolve personal issues that may affect their academic performance or personal well-being. Personal counselling issues may include helping students:
- Adjust to college
- Manage anxiety and stress
- Deal with relationship and/or family difficulties
- Improve communication skills
- Build self-esteem
- Develop assertiveness skills
- Manage anger and frustration
- Handle relationship break-ups
- Deal with depression
- Cope with grief and loss
- Overcome procrastination
- Manage conflicts or unexpected traumatic events
If you have an urgent need to see a counsellor due to a sudden loss, traumatic critical incident, or if you having thoughts of harming yourself or thoughts of suicide, please contact our front desk for a crisis appointment.
Off-campus referrals are made for students requiring long-term counselling or therapy.
- Self-help pamphlets on a range of personal topics are available via the University of Illinois website
- Fact sheets on a range of mental issues are available via the Canadian Psychological Association website
All information discussed with a Langara Counsellor is considered private and is held in strict confidence. Information will not be released to anyone without your written permission. There are a few, very rare exceptions where a Counsellor may need to release your personal information:
- Counsellors are required by law to report clear potential danger to self and/or others.
- Counsellors are required by law to report instances of current child abuse.
If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality, please feel free to talk to a Langara Counsellor.
After Hours Assistance
For assistance after hours, please click here.
Virtual Wellness Centre
Welcome to the On-Line Wellness Centre on the Langara College Counselling Department Website! Below you will find a collection of links and resources on topics related to mental health and wellness. We hope you will find these resources helpful. You are invited to book an appointment to speak with one of our Counsellors about any of these concerns.
Distress Lines provide confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including feelings which may lead to suicide. They are there for you if you feel worried, upset or confused, or you just want to talk to someone. You don't have to be suicidal to call.
Vancouver: 604-872-3311 (24 hours/day)
Outside the Lower Mainland: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-suicide)
Burnaby/New West/Surrey: 604-951-8855 (24 hours/day)
Outside the Lower Mainland: 1-877-820-7444 (24 hours/day)
Richmond (Chimo): 604-279-7070 (8am to midnight)
The Crisis Centre of BC also offers an online chat line from: noon to 1am at www.crisiscentrechat.ca for adults or www.youthinbc.com for youth. For more information visit www.crisiscentre.bc.ca/get-help.
Are you the victim of a crime? These resources can help:
Victim Link provides 24 hour, province-wide, toll-free phone line for crisis support and information and referral to all victims of crime.
The Red Book Online
The most complete online guide to community, social, and government agencies Services across the Lower Mainland.
Victim Services Unit – (604) 717-2737
The Vancouver Police Department Victim Services Unit (VSU) provides assistance to victims of all types of crime and other traumatic incidents in the City of Vancouver.
VSU services include emotional support, general criminal justice information as well as case specific updates, practical assistance and support, accompaniment to police, crown counsel or court appointments when appropriate, and referrals to appropriate community agencies. Assistance with Victim Impact Statements and Crime Victim Assistance forms is also available.
Their unit provides 24 hour crisis intervention at police incidents, resulting in immediate support and assistance for victims.
A&D Referral Line
Provides Support, information, and referral for addiction issues.
Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter
TTY (9 am to 9 pm): 604-877-0958
The Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter provides free, confidential support services for female adults and youth who have experienced any form of male violence. This service operates a 24-hour rape crisis line, a transition house for battered women and their children, and a women's organizing centre. Services also include 24-hour crisis intervention, safe transitional housing, emotional support, peer counselling, support groups, advocacy, information and referral, legal clinic, and medical and legal accompaniment.