Health, Medical & Wellness
Note: Always seek the advice of a professional about your health concerns by dialing 8-1-1 for HealthLink, and to receive assistance in finding a family practice. Translation services are available in 130 languages. Dial 7-1-1 for BC’s healthline for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Online Courses for general learning and accreditation
- Gale Courses – Offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Health-related courses include: Alternative Medicine; EMS & Firefighters; Ethics, Law & Compliance; Health Information Management; and, more.
Vanderhoof Local Resources for you
- Northern Health Vanderhoof Unit – Is the website
- Omineca Medical Clinic – Is the local clinic
- Vanderhoof Health Services at a Glance
Mental Health Support
- 310Mental Health Support – Dial 310-6789 (no area code needed) for emotional support, information, and resources specific to mental health.
- Bounce Back – 1-866-639-0522 (toll-free) for people experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood, or stress, with or without anxiety.
- Mental Health & Substance Use Supports (BC) – provides information, services, and education and awareness about mental health and substance use for adults, youth, and children.
- Heretohelp – provides information about managing mental illness and maintaining good mental health, including self-management resources and screening self-tests for wellness, mood, anxiety, and risky drinking.
- Foundry BC – access online and phone support for young people ages 12-24.
- Crisis Centre – call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) if you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide.
- Kids Help Phone – Canada’s only 24/7 counselling and information service for young people.
- KUU-US Crisis Line Society – call 1-800-588-8717 for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous people in B.C.
- Here2Talk – for Post-Secondary Students
- Covid-19 Psychological Support Service – free support to anyone in BC suffering anxiety due to Covid-19
More Authoritative Websites
- BC Centre for Disease Control – Investigates and evaluates the occurrence of communicable diseases in BC and is the provincial reporting centre.
- BC Cancer Agency Library – The BCCA Library provides cancer information to staff, patients, families, the public and health professionals in BC and the Yukon.
- Canadian Mental Health Assocation (CMHA) – Nation-wide organization that champions good mental health. CMHA branches across Canada provide a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families.
- Counselling BC – Directory of Counselling Psychologists, Counsellors and Therapists in BC, indexed by area of practice, type of therapy, location and more.
- Health Canada – Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health.
- Healthy Canadians – A Government of Canada website that gives you access to reliable, easy-to-understand information about health and safety relating to many aspects of our lives.
- HealthLink BC – First stop for non-emergency health information and services for British Columbians. Covers health topics, medical tests and medications, public health alerts, and more. Includes translated resources in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.
- MedlinePlus – Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.
- Mayo Clinic – Look up a disease or condition, a symptom, a prescription drug, a test or procedure, or sign up for the Clinic’s Health Letter.
- Medline Plus – Browse health topics for specific diseases or conditions, get information on drugs and supplements, and find articles and illustrations on many diseases, tests, injuries, and surgeries in the Medical Encyclopedia.
- PubMed – Free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics
- MLA Top Health Websites For Consumers and Patients – Useful list of reliable medical websites covering topics like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Based on criteria like credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, and currency.
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine – US National Institute of Health site includes research on clinical trials, practices, and information about treatments such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, homeopathy and more.
- SeniorsBC – Provides BC seniors with resources for planning and living a healthy life as they age. Seniors’ families and caregivers will find great information here, too.
- WebMD – Excellent information on any health topic in an easy to understand format.
- World Health Organization (WHO) – WHO provides information, reports, and data pertaining to a variety of health topics.