Mental Health

Providence Health Care provides inpatient and outpatient mental health services to adults and seniors. 


General Psychiatry is the largest service within the Mental Health Program, providing care through community, outpatient, inpatient and consultation services.Services include extensive consultation to patients of St. Paul’s Hospital, including medical and nursing consults to patients in Palliative Care, Intensive Care, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, HIV/AIDS and those with diabetes.

The mental health program’s scope includes:

Eating Disorders

The Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program, located at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, is the provincial resource for adults with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Referrals for assessment and treatment to the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program are accepted from physicians and other community based treatment services and programs across the province. For referral inquiries, please contact the Intake Coordinator at 604-806-8654.

The program provides interdisciplinary clinical services including outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment (4NW), an outpatient day treatment program (Discovery) with a residential facility component called Vista (in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health) and the Community Outreach Partnership Program (in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health).

The program is engaged in innovative research in the field of eating disorders and provides knowledge translation, education, consultation, and outreach activities to support a network of eating disorder services for adults across the province.

Please contact the program’s Clinical Secretaries at (604) 806-8347 for more information.

Chronic Pain Management

The Chronic Pain Management program offers assessment and treatment to chronic pain patients through consultation service to in-hospital patients at St. Paul’s Hospital, and Chronic Pain Day Hospital service, also available at St. Paul’s.

Reproductive Psychiatry

in collaboration with BC Women’s Hospital, the service provides care for patients who experience psychological problems related to reproductive events, including pre-menstrual dysphoria, pregnancy or postpartum psychiatric illness and menopausal mood disorders. Outpatient and consultation services are provided.

Refractory Psychosis -Inpatient beds at St. Paul’s serve individuals with treatment-resistant psychosis, usually but not exclusively a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Patients are welcomed from the Lower Mainland and from all over the province. In addition, a thriving outpatient clinic for persons with a challenging psychosis allows these people to be assessed and treated with the necessary expertise while staying out of hospital.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Working closely with community and local care teams, the program is available to older adults with a mental illness requiring short-term assessment and treatment. The Geriatric Psychiatry unit has 16 beds with an additional 4 beds located in the Geriatric Medicine unit at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

Outpatient Programs + Clinics

For a list of our outpatient programs and clinics click here.


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