Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)

VAST supports refugees who arrive in British Columbia with psychological trauma resulting from torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We support refugee mental health through trauma-focused psychological counselling for refugees in one-on-one and group settings and through documentation, training, and referrals. VAST works with refugees from over 100 countries, and our programs and services are offered in over a dozen languages.

Our programs include the Getting Through It group (a weekly psychosocial support group for refugees on “getting through” their refugee claim) and a program to support the mental health of refugee children through art.

On June 23 please run with us in support of refugee mental health!