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Resources

We understand finding resources for mental health and recovery can be difficult. We work hard to provide a variety of resources and to keep this database current and ever-growing. All of the resources you see here have been checked out by our team and meet our standards for approval.

For areas where we can’t provide every available resource, vouch for legitimacy or efficacy, or where relevance may be more personal (such as finding a therapist or treatment centre), we provide tips and tools to better equip you to find what you are looking for and discover what will work best for you.

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Helplines by Region

We recommend finding a helpline in your area (either from the list below or via befrienders.org) and saving it to your phone because you never know if/when you may need it–for yourself or a friend.

  • CANADA/USA: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE) AND 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
  • CANADA/USA Deaf hotline: 1-800-799-4889 (texting available)
  • MEXICO: 525-510-2550
  • AUSTRALIA: 13 11 14
  • NEW ZEALAND: 09 5222 999 (within Auckland) AND 0800 543 354 (outside Auckland)
  • UK/SCOTLAND: 08457 90 90 90
  • IRELAND: 1-800-247-100 OR text the word HELP to 51444
  • SOUTH AFRICA: 0861 322 322
  • HELPLINES WORLDWIDE: http://www.befrienders.org

Finding resources via Google

Searching on Google can be complicated and difficult. Sometimes it’s hard to know which keywords to use or how to state what you are looking for. We’ve provided some tips and sample searches below to make the process a little easier.

Google Shortcuts:

  • AND: results must include both words on either side
  • OR: results must include at least one word on either side
  • -word: results should not include the word following the “-” dash
  • “[words]”: full phrase within quotation marks must be included in results
  • -“words”: full phrase within quotation marks must not be included in results 

Sample Searches:

  • “eating disorder” AND therapist AND Vancouver
  • recovery AND “support group” AND Seattle OR Bellingham
  • anxiety AND “support group” AND “British Columbia” -Vancouver -Coquitlam
  • “Intuitive eating” AND “eating disorder recovery”
  • “overcoming emotional abuse” -physical -sexual AND book
  • depression AND books -fiction -“The Happiness Trap”

Suggested Keywords:

  • Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Resources
  • Books
  • Depression/Anxiety/Anorexia
  • “Mental Health”
  • “Recovery Support”
  • “Support Groups”
  • Your City/Town

Finding a therapist who’s right for You

Finding a therapist who is right for you is an important and very personal decision that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Because everyone is different, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to therapies or therapists. When faced with difficult life situations, often the last thing you want to do is “shop around” for the right fit, but taking the time to do it can save you money, time, and potential harm.

Here is a short checklist to go through that should help you find the right therapist for you:

  1. Ask for recommendations
  2. Double check their credentials
  3. Know their experience with the particular issues you are facing
  4. Trust your instincts (if it doesn’t “feel right” listen to yourself)
  5. Be willing to travel, but don’t commit to a travel distance you cannot maintain
  6. Cheaper isn’t always better. Counselling can be pricey, but there are often subsidized payment options. Look into insurance coverage, student rates, internship programs, and other reasons for discounted rates.

Some questions to consider:

  • Does the counsellor try to foster independence or dependence?
  • Do they offer support groups with other patients outside of regular counselling sessions?
  • Does the counsellor have a flexible schedule? Or will you need to adjust your life to fit theirs?
  • Is your counsellor open to feedback? It is important that you feel comfortable to address him/her openly without reservation.
  • Does it feel right? Do you feel like you can open up to this person?

Remember: Having one session is not a commitment. Try out a few different places; find one that works for you!


Downloadable Worksheets + Resources

The following resources are available for download. Links either lead to external sites with documents available for download or to a direct download. The content within these resources is not created by Libero unless specified otherwise, and the proper citation should be found in the footer of each if the author(s) included it. The opinions and suggestions within the documents below or those of their authors/creators and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Libero (though we do our best to provide the best resources we can find).

Anxiety

Depression

Eating Disorders


Books we Recommend

Note: The opinions and suggestions within the books below or those of their authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Libero (though we do our best to suggest the best books we can find).

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Eating Disorder Recovery, Body Image, and Intuitive Eating

For Professionals (such as therapists, dietitians, and nutritionists)

Relational Health

Spirituality & Faith

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