The Adapt clinic provides free genetic counselling to people living in BC who have a diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder, or a family member with a psychiatric disorder.
While there is no genetic test for psychiatric or mental health disorders, genetic counsellors can look at your family history to offer you and your family a better understanding of why you might have mental health problems, and how you can protect your mental health for the future.
By looking at the potential causes of your illness, genetic counselling can help you adapt to the medical and psychological effects of your disorder. You'll better understand the risks you face, as well as the risks that your children or other family members have of developing mental health problems. Understanding your illness in this way will help you feel better equipped and empowered to participate in treatment and get well.
Genetic counselling at the Adapt Clinic is for anyone of any age who has a diagnosis of a mental health or psychiatric disorder, or for anyone with a family history of mental health issues. It can help you better understand the causes of mental illness as well as the potential risks of mental health issues for you, your children or other family members. It can also help you think about how to protect your mental health for the future.
The Adapt Clinic is located at BC Women's Hospital and is funded by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. Genetic counselling services at The Adapt Clinic are fully covered by the BC Medical Services Plan, meaning they will be free for you if you are a resident of British Columbia.
If you are interested in genetic counselling, call us:
- Angela Inglis at 604-875-2726
- Emily Morris at 604-875-2000 ext. 6787