The BC Partners have decided to retire the HeretoHelp discussion forums that used to live on this site.
You can still comment, publish and contribute your perspective to personal stories on HeretoHelp. You must be logged in to post comments in our Personal Stories section. If you have a user name and password for the forums, you can use them to log in to the HeretoHelp site.
We will continue to support you by email. Visit the Get Help section to connect with us.
If you’d like to connect with others online, check out the resources below. These were recommended by some of our past forum users and other visitors to HeretoHelp. We don’t necessarily endorse the forums or all the posts that may appear there, but they may be places to start.
TIP: If you want to know how to assess if a support group is working for you, be sure to check our article. Although it was written for face-to-face groups, most of the principles will apply to online groups as well.
Reach Out Online Family Support Group: A forum for family and friends of someone who experiences a mental illness. Reach Out is offered by the BC Schizophrenia Society.
Youthspace: A safe, inclusive space for young people who would like to talk with trained volunteers and staff. Youthspace offers an online chat (6.00 PM to midnight, Pacific), text chat, a forum, and e-counselling.
Outside of BC
18Percent: A free Slack community for anyone who wants to talk about mental health and connect with others.
Mood Disorders Society of Canada: A forum to share personal experiences, seek advice, and find support around mood disorders (including depression, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder).
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors: An online support community for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
CrazyBoards: A community for anyone who experiences a mental illness or substance use problem.
Icarus Project: Radical and alternative approaches to health and wellness.
Recovery: A comprehensive list of online forums for those who drug and alcohol problems and loved ones, include communities based around 12-Step programs and SMART Recovery.
Rethink Talk: A UK-based community from Rethink Mental Illness.