Mission Statement

VFS supports the success of all students. We promote a healthy educational environment and provide responsive and accessible services. All services, programs, and partnerships are designed to enhance student development.

Adjusting to post-secondary involves new challenges that can be stressful, such as moving far away from home, living alone or with roommates, and navigating a new educational environment. The full-time, intensive programs at VFS can be very demanding and this can increase stress. For those students experiencing acute challenges, VFS offers short-term counselling and crisis support. Our aim is to support students while they regain clarity and healthy coping strategies in attaining their academic and life goals.

For those students who require longer-term support, VFS can arrange a community referral.

Immediate Help & After Hours Emergency

Medical Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

Fire ∙ Police ∙ Ambulance

911 is available in 140 languages

Hospitals

Vancouver General Hospital: 855 W 12 Ave Vancouver, B.C. 604.875.4111

St. Paul’s Hospital: 1081 Burrard St Vancouver, B.C. 604.682.2344

How To Book An Appointment

Please email studentcounselling@vfs.com, or phone 604.685.5808 ext. 4300. Note, the Counselling Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm (excluding holidays).

Not sure if you need a counselling appointment? Are you worried about a classmate? Come talk to us in Student Services!

  • Student Services Office: 394 West Hastings Street
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional Resources

ANXIETY

Anxiety BC - https://www.anxietybc.com/

DEPRESSION

Here to Help - http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/

OTHER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

Canadian Mental Health Association – http://www.cmha.ca/

Mood Disorders Association of BC - http://www.mdabc.net/

SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Crisis Centre - https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/

LGBTQ

Qmunity - http://qmunity.ca/

EATING DISORDERS

Looking Glass Foundation of BC - http://www.lookingglassbc.com/

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Women Against Violence Against Women - http://www.wavaw.ca/

LOOKING FOR A COUNSELLOR?

Counselling BC - http://counsellingbc.com/