providing low-barrier wellness services to
trans and gender diverse people

Resources

Below are a number of resources available in the Vancouver area. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, nor can the CWHWC vouch for the trans-inclusive practices of all the employees, volunteers or clients connected to these resources.

Health Care

FAQs about Phalloplasty

Sexual Health for All Genders

Trans Care BC

“Trans Care BC aims to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.”

8-1-1

“8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. The 8-1-1 phone line is operated by HealthLink BC, which is part of the Ministry of Health. By calling 8-1-1, you can speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. Any one of these healthcare professionals will help you get the information you need to manage your health concerns, or those of your family.”

Clinics for Trans Health Care

Vancouver Coastal Health: Trans Specialty Care

“​Trans Specialty Care offers knowledgeable and specialized care to transgender and gender diverse persons living in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. We work in teams including nurses, counsellors, physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers. We are a consultation service and work in collaboration with your family doctor. If you do not have a family doctor (GP) or nurse practitioner (NP) we can help you find options for primary care.”

Vancouver Coast Health provides Trans Specialty Care at Raven Song and Three Bridges Community Health Centres.

Three Bridges Community Health Centre

Those 25 and older must live in Catchment Area #1. Youth under 25 years old are welcome regardless of where they live.

Raven Song Community Health Centre

Those 25 and older must live in Catchment Area #5. Youth under 25 years old are welcome regardless of where they live.

Crisis Support

Police or Ambulance: Call 9-1-1

Emergency Department Wait Times

This site provides a list of Vancouver, Richmond, and North Shore emergency departments along with wait times for 6 emergency departments.

Access and Assessment Centre (AAC)

“​The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) is here to help you, your family member or your friend during a non-life threatening mental health and/or substance use issue. Call (604) 675-3700 – available 24/7, 365 days a year or walk in any time.”

S.A.F.E.R.: Suicide Attempt Follow-Up, Education & Research

S.A.F.E.R provides free time-limited counselling for those feeling suicidal, concerned about a friend or family member, or experiencing suicide bereavement. To refer yourself to S.A.F.E.R., contact the Access and Assessment Centre (AAC).

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

24/7 Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE).

Crisis Chat

Online crisis chat for BC and Yukon, available noon to 1AM.

HereToHelp

Non-crisis mental health support and resource information available via phone and email.

Child and Adolescent Response Team (CART)

“​We provide urgent response (within 72 hours), short-term mental health service to school-aged children and youth who are experiencing acute psychiatric or emotional crises. Services include urgent assessment and consultation, clinical intervention, and coordination with community resources.”

Kids Help Phone

“Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth.”

Phone and live online chat available.

WAVAW: Women Against Violence Against Women

24-Hour Crisis Line available at (604) 255-6344 or toll-free 1-877-392-7583. Please check the website for up to date information and other resources.

Battered Women Support Services

Crisis line – (604) 687-1867 – available Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Wednesdays 10am to 8pm. Please check the website for up to date information.

Indigenous Peoples Resources & Support

WAVAW Indigenous Counselling

“WAVAW’s Indigenous Counselling Program provides one-to-one counselling for Indigenous people of marginalized genders, including trans and cis women, as well as trans, non-binary, and Two Spirit people seeking health, wellness, and safety.”

Plurality/Multiplicity

The Dissociative Initiative: About Multiplicity

Introduction to multiplicity/plurality, including dissociative identity disorder as well as non-pathologizing frameworks.

The Dissociative Initiative: Gender, Dissociation, & Multiplicity

Discusses the intersection between transgender and plurality/multiple identity experiences. Includes common myths affecting people with both plural and trans experiences, and information on how advocates and support services can be better allies.

Legal

Trans Rights BC

“Trans Rights BC aims to disseminate human rights information that is accurate, accessible, and relevant to the safety and well-being of trans and gender-diverse individuals and their supportive allies across British Columbia.”

Social Groups

The Cornbury Society

“We’re the Cornbury Society, a social, educational and support group for crossdressers based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We welcome all who choose to dress opposite from their birth or anatomical gender, without regard for your reasons for doing so or how often you do so. We also welcome your spouses and significant others and others in the community who support you.”

Businesses

Angelina’s Electrolysis Studio

“Angelina’s Electrolysis Studio is a proudly trans-positive environment, that welcomes people of all bodies, histories and gender-identities.”

Other Resource Listings

bc211

“bc211 is a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing free information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. Our help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), the Problem Gambling Help Line, VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.”