The Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre (KDMHRC) is operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association, North and West Vancouver Branch in partnership with the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, the North Vancouver City Library, the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and Vancouver Coastal Health.
We are a place where family, friends and those affected by mental health challenges can feel comfortable to seek support and get trusted information. By providing the resources, the KDMHRC is integral to developing community and addressing barriers and stigma surrounding mental health issues. We offer educational opportunities and on-the-ground support and problem solving provided by people with lived-experience. We work towards creating a safer space for community members and we strive to be accountable and to play a part in creating a more just and healthy society.
Vision and Mission
The KDMHRC shares its vision the Canadian Mental Health Association:
“Mentally Healthy People in a Healthy Society.”
The mission of the KDMHRC is to promote mental wellness and reduce mental health stigma by empowering the community with resources, support, and education on mental health and addictions.
- To provide the community with resources, information and tools on a range of mental health issues.
- To support people as they navigate mental health services, to connect them to community resources and mentor them along their journey to wellness.
- To bring people together to strengthen community ties and build skills in order to improve mental health and well-being.
What We Offer
- Lending Library with books on wide range of mental health issues.
- A Peer Navigator who is here help you along your journey through the mental health system.
- Links to community mental health resources in North and West Vancouver and beyond.
- Community events and workshops supporting you on your journey to mental wellness, and working to decrease the stigma of mental health.
- Online web portal of community-based mental health resources.
Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5:30pm.
Fridays, 7am – 2:30pm.
Closed weekends and statutory holidays.
Beginning June 19th our hours will be…
Monday, Tuesday: 10am – 3pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 10am – 3pm
Friday: 7am – 2:30pm
We are located on the North Shore in the Greta & Robert H.N. Ho Psychiatry & Education Centre (the HOpe Centre), which opened in 2014 with the goal of bringing together in and out-patient mental health services on the North Shore. The HOpe Centre is part of Lions Gate Hospital and is located at 1337 St. Andrews Ave at the corner of 13th St. in North Vancouver, BC. Map.
We are situated on the ground floor of the Centre, next to the HOpe Cafe, a social enterprise Blenz coffee shop.
We are located on the unceded Indigenous territories of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. We acknowledge the ongoing effects of colonialism and the systemic injustice faced by Indigenous people.
Our History and Supporters
The Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre opened in 2015. Start up funding was generously provided by the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation. We are operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association (North and West Vancouver Branch) with support from Vancouver Coastal Health, North Vancouver City Library and the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.
You can learn more about us in our most recent annual report:
Established in 2001, The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation was created in the memory of Kelty Patrick Dennehy who committed suicide at 17 years old after suffering through years of depression. The Foundation has led many fundraising activities directed at funding research and programs aimed at positively increasing awareness of issues related to mental health and young people. To date, the Foundation has raised close to 7 million dollars and has been the catalyst in developing mental health resources and places of care.
Canadian Mental Health Association (North and West Vancouver) has been providing services to the North Shore community since 1958 and we embrace people with mental health issues in all facets of our organization – as Board Directors, volunteers and employees. The organization is dedicated to empowering, supporting and improving the quality of life for all people and increasing the overall wellness of the North Shore community.
As a nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness.
The North West Vancouver branch offers services through outreach, youth programs, telephone coaching, counselling, education and support, employment services and at the HOpe Centre through its social enterprise, the HOpe Cafe and the Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre.
The HOpe Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health
Located on the campus of the Lions Gate Hospital, the Robert and Greta Ho Centre for Psychiatry and Education, commonly known as the HOpe Centre, provides access to an inpatient psychiatric unit as well as multiple community mental health programs. It is the hub of mental health care for the North Shore community. The HOpe Centre includes; 26 private patient rooms, the UBC Medical Education program, a research centre, clinical research trials unit, a library, and clinical skills teaching unit, The Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre and a sacred space for patients and families. The Centre is also home to the HOpe Cafe, a social enterprise coffee shop which provides employment for those dealing with mental health challenges operated by a partnership between the Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Blenz Coffee Company.
North Vancouver City Library
The Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre has a full and complete library of resources available to all members of the community. In partnership with the North Vancouver City Library (NVCL), our centre currently has more than 500 books available to be signed out on a range of mental health issues.