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Royal Bay’s Counselling Team

A – Har –  Tebeth Barbour tbarbour@sd.62.bc.ca

Has – Mc and International – Kazia Highton  khighton@sd62.bc.c

Me – Z – Wendy Cooper  wcooper@sd62.bc.ca

Royal Bay Secondary School Counselling Letter


Counsellor Support During Covid-19 School Closure

We are now back at work in a way that is unprecedented. We are working from home and here to support you in whatever way we can. It is a time of unease for all of us, but together we will rely on each other as we continue on.

As Dr. Bonny Henry said, “This is a time to be kind, to be calm and to be safe”

  1. Our counselling supports will look different now, just as they do for our external community agencies.Counselling may be done via telephone using a blocked number, or email.  If you are wanting to talk to us on the phone, please email us and set up a time for a call. We are unable to retrieve our school phone messages during the closure.
  1. Below is a list of resources for Outside Agencies if you require additional support.


If you feel unsafe or have already done something to hurt yourself, please call 9-1-1


Resources for Students and Parents

  • Kids Help Text 686868 Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
  • Youth in BC youthinbc.com
    • Crisis responders available daily from noon to 1:00am
  • Youth Space.ca or Text 778-783-0177 (6pm-midnight, 7 days/week)
    • Provides online crisis and emotional support
    • COVID-19 info, distractions, coping tools and more
  • Vancouver Island Crisis Line 1-888-494-3888 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Crisis Chat viccrisis.ca (6:00pm to 10:00pm), Crisis Text 250-800-3806 (6:00pm to 10:00pm)
  • Suicide and Crisis Intervention 1-800-784-2433
    • 24/7 Short term emotional support over the phone
  • High Risk Services 250-952-5073
    • Students can self-refer to this service
    • A clinician will contact you to schedule first appointment within 72 hours

Child and Youth Mental Health

  • Westshore 250-391-2223, Mental Health Clinic every Tuesday 9:00am to 12:00pm and Thursday 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Sooke 250-642-7748, Mental Health Clinic every Thursday 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Indigenous Services 250-952-4073 ask for an Intake worker
  • Multi-Cultural Outreach Services 250-952-5073 call to schedule intake
  • Eating Disorders Program 250-387-0000 call to schedule intake
  • Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services 250-519-5313 (Ext. 34345)
    • Youth aged 13 to 19 who have concerns about alcohol or other drug use
    • Youth who are affected by someone else’s use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Youth Empowerment Society YES 250-383-3514
    • Provides outreach counselling services
  • Foundry Victoria 1-833-308-6379
    • Virtual drop-in counselling for individuals aged 12-24 and their families
    • Sessions through chat, voice only calls or video calls
  • Military Family Resource Centre MFRC 250-363-2640

Counselling support, support with deployment, support for parents

  • Pacific Centre Family Services 250-940-4373 (Voicemail is checked daily)
    • Counselling services – Students can self-refer
  • Learning Through Loss 250-413-3114 / info@learningthroughloss.org
    • Grief education and support for youth and families
  • Island Health Wellness Centre @ Belmont Secondary 250-519-3580 for appointments
    • Tuesday: Doctor available from 9:30-1:00 (to book an appt. in advance, please call 250-519-3490).
    • Fridays: Nurse Practitioner is available 9:00-3:30
    • Virtual visits for youth