The holiday season can be a time of great memories, excitement and joy and sometime the holidays can bring on feelings of sadness and anxiety. The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at the BC Children’s Hospital has some great information on ways to manage stress during these times.   There is a also a list of services available if you need a little extra support.

Please click the link to the May your Days be Merry and Bright – Tips for the Holiday Season article.

In our region, the Kootenay Boundary Crisis Line is open 24 hours a day, operated by trained volunteers.  You can call:  1-888-353-2273 and talk to someone at any time.

KUU-US services are for First Nations, by First Nations, and all crisis response personnel are certified and trained in Indigenous cultural safety bringing an understanding of First Nations history and trauma from the residential school to their roles. Topics the KUU-US Crisis Line can support individuals with include, but are not limited to, mental health issues and crisis related to residential school, child welfare, addiction, health concerns, divorce and separation, suicide ideation and survivorship, grief and loss, crime, abuse, peer pressure and financial distress.​

KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717. Alternatively, individuals can call direct into the Youth Line at 250-723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250-723-4050.

FAN maintains a regional service directory specifically for families with young children.  Click here to access the directory.  FAN staff can be reached at our toll free number to help to connect you to services during regular business hours.  Call or leave us a voice mail at:  1-855-368-3707.