Mental Health Support for Marginalized and Racialized Students
In Counselling, Wellness and Accessibility Services, we know the mental health of our Black and Indigenous students, students with racialized and marginalized identities, and all students who have experienced violence and trauma previously, has been strained.
We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and take action in the fight against systemic/racist exploitation, violence, and discrimination against Black, Indigenous and all oppressed people.
We actively challenge racism, sexism, classism, ableism, transphobia, sizeism, ageism, and linguistic discrimination. As a department, we continue to be versed on recent and historical injustices that have been enacted on BIPOC, as well as examine our own practices which may contribute to issues around systemic racism and oppression.
While change and progress are being made, it’s slow, and does not take away the pain and trauma experienced. We encourage you to connect with our office if you need mental health support.
We salute all of our students for their patience, flexibility, fortitude and resilience during the transition back to campus.
We are now offering 55-minute counselling appointments in-person or by phone, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Our services are available to all enrolled degree students. Counselling appointments are free and confidential.
Some Reasons for Seeking Counselling
- anxiety or depression
- mood management
- difficulties with school
- suicidal thoughts
- relationship difficulties
- low self-esteem
- marginalization and aggression due to race, gender, sexual orientation, and more
- or other reasons of your own
What To Expect
In these appointments, you will identify the outcome you want to achieve. The Counsellor will help you align your thoughts and actions to meet your desired outcome and provide strategies and support that may help guide you.
All information you share in counselling is held in strict confidence and is not shared with anyone without your consent, except when:
- the counsellor determines there is a likelihood of endangering self or others, or
- there is an indication of abuse of a minor (age 18 or under), or
- a court subpoena is received
To book an appointment, email email@example.com. We will respond to your email within 24 hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm).
If you are experiencing an emergency, please contact 911 or go to the emergency department at your local hospital.
For reasons of professional licensing and jurisdiction, Emily Carr’s counselling services are only available to students residing in BC (for further information, see FAQ). For students residing out of province, or country, the BC government has set up Here2Talk, which is an online 24/7 counselling service for any student enrolled in a BC post-secondary institution.
Our Counselling Team
Our counselling team consists of Chinese, Taiwanese, Muslim South Asian, mixed race and white counsellors, and we can make referrals to Black and Indigenous counsellors in the community. We know the impact of intergenerational trauma and practice trauma-informed care.
Full-time permanent counsellors:
For bios of our counsellors and the entire team, please see bios.
Greater Vancouver Crisis Line: 1 800 784 2433
Anxiety Canada: https://www.anxietycanada.com
Mindhealth BC: http://www.mindhealthbc.ca
The Foundry (counselling services for youth under age 24): https://foundrybc.ca/
You can find a longer list of community resources and supports on our Resources page.