Our Mission

The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia (AnxietyBC™) is a non profit organization established in early spring of 1999 by a group of concerned individuals, family members, and health professionals. We work to increase awareness about anxiety disorders, promote education, and increase access to evidence-based resources and treatments. In keeping with our mission, AnxietyBC™ led a ground-breaking effort towards describing a comprehensive strategy in the management of anxiety disorders - the Provincial Anxiety Disorders Strategy in the fall 2001.  We are a member of HeretoHelp, a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information and one of seven leading mental health and addictions non-profit agencies in British Columbia.

AnxietyBC™ is a Canadian leader in developing online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety and anxiety disorders. We have produced over 50 videos on YouTube and actively promote dialogue and exchange information on anxiety and anxiety disorders via our Facebook page.  In 2013, we launched the Mindshift app which helps youth and young adults manage anxiety, using step-by-step strategies.   Tens of thousands of consumers worldwide have benefitted from this app.  We also promote understanding about anxiety and anxiety disorders through general information sessions, professional seminars and workshops, offered throughout the year. 

Our newsletter, STRIDES, which is published twice a year highlights our activities, shares compelling personal stories and features information on a specific anxiety disorder in each issue. We also contribute to the development of information related to mental health and addictions issues with the BC Partners. The BC Partners' quarterly journal, Visions, is distributed to all AnxietyBC™ newsletter members.

BC Partners work is funded by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.  AnxietyBC also funds programs and services through donations and grants. We are very grateful to all our supporters.

You may download a copy of the complete Provincial Strategy Report here.

Fondly Remembered

Dr. Peter McLean 1940-2008