Coquitlam RCMP Mental Health Unit offers support


2023-01-31 11:58 PST

Through the Mental Health Unit (MHU), Coquitlam RCMP offers support to members of the community while working with partnering agencies. Our Mental Health Unit consists of three full-time officers who work with community members to enhance police response to mental health related reports.

MHU, with community partners, work to provide long term solutions for individuals whose mental health needs directly impact their contact with police. This is completed by identifying and assisting individuals who pose an increased risk to themselves or others due to complex mental health issues with or without addiction. These individuals could have a significant number of police contacts related to their mental health needs or high-risk incidents where mental health is a significant component.

Through a collaborated approach which includes Police and community partners, an individual specific, wrap-around resolution is created to assist these individuals in receiving appropriate support with a goal of reducing the calls for service.

Coquitlam RCMP Mental Health Unit

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We take pride in the work that we are doing with our community partners, said Corporal Scott Klein, from the Coquitlam RCMP Mental Health Unit. Since MHU’s creation, we have seen great progress with the individuals referred and their impact to the community.

Within the Tri-Cities, there are also a number of other agencies available to health those who require mental health support.

The following agencies provide services:

Short Term Assessment Response Treatment Team (STARTT)

STARTT provides short-term assessment, crisis intervention, family support, etc. to children/youth 6 - 18 years old who are experiencing extreme mental health symptoms that are interfering with daily living (e.g., self-harm, suicidal thoughts/attempts, intense anxiety/depression, high risk of harming others). Mobile outreach, open referral.

Hours: Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Contact: 604.949.7765 / 1-844-782-7811 / SMH: 604-585-5561


Tri-Cities Child & Youth Mental Health

Tri-Cities Child and Youth Mental Health provides direct or contracted therapy and assessment for general mental health issues, as well as various specialties such as trauma, eating disorders, early psychosis intervention, sexual abuse, intensive family counselling, etc.

Contact: 236.468.2373

Address: #300 - 3003 St. John’s Street Port Moody, B.C. V3H 2C4


Referral process: intake in person or phone on TUE and THURS 9 am – 3:30 pm

Kids Help Phone

They provide free and anonymous service for children and youth. Counselling and information services provided by trained counsellors. Live chat with phone counsellors and free Always There chat app connects children/youth with counsellors

Contact : 1-800-668-6868


BC Mental Health Support Line

24 hour line for information, resources, and referrals. See 211 tab for full listing for Here to Help website.

Hours: 24-hours

Contact: 310-6789 (no area code)


Bounce Back Program - Canadian Mental Health Association

They provide free, online CBT-based program with different modules to help with depression and anxiety. Telephone coaching also available with family doctor’s referral. Coaching available in English, French, Cantonese, and Punjabi.

Contact: 1-866-639-0522



Early Psychosis Intervention

They offer clinical and group services for individuals ages 13-30 who may be developing psychosis. Open referral.

Contact: 604-777-8386

Location: 4th Floor – 260 Sherbrooke Street New Westminster, B.C. V3L 3M2


BC Schizophrenia Society

They offer information about support groups for families of those dealing with a serious mental illness (not just schizophrenia). Also provides services and information for family members.

Contact : 1.888.888.0029


Purpose Society

The Purpose society is a community-based multi-service organization that delivers a continuum of programs to children, youth and families. Services include, Education, housing, health services, gender/race, disability, employment and housing, amongst others.

Contact: T: 604.526.2522

Location: 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, B.C.

Released by

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP (English only)
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580


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