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Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health & Addiction

A leading-edge centre for mental health and addiction treatment and research in British Columbia, located on səmiq̓ʷəʔelə in Coquitlam, formerly the səmiq̓ʷəʔelə (Riverview) lands.
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photo of the entrance to the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction

Who is the θəqiʔ ɫəwʔənəq leləm’ (Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction) for?

The new 105-bed facility treats people across the province who live with the most severe, complex substance use and mental health issues. Recovery and treatment services like these are a key part of the continuum of mental health and substance use care in B.C. as well as a vital part of addressing B.C.'s toxic drug crisis.

About the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction


Approach to care

The centre provides recovery and healing space through a new, evidence-based model of care that prioritizes trauma-informed practice, dignity, therapeutics spaces and programs, and virtual health care. The mode of care is based on our values and care principles and focuses not only on mental wellness and substance-free living, but also on clients' physical wellness, how they can live a meaningful life, and their eventual transition to care in their home communities.

Therapeutic building design

Research shows that our physical environment plays a significant role in dignity, wellness, and recovery. Our clients’ physical environment is an essential part of their healing journey - mainly when they have experienced trauma.

The Red Fish Healing Centre includes the following features:
  • private client rooms and facilities
  • calming and comforting interior design elements
  • natural and therapeutic lighting
  • green spaces and gardens
  • Indigenous art and sacred spaces
  • visiting and learning areas
  • communal kitchen spaces
  • places to meet with families and friends
The Red Fish Healing Centre prioritizes open, green spaces and therapeutic landscapes. Outdoor spaces feature gardens, trees and other natural elements as they play a role in wellness and recovery.

The building’s location and design align with BC Housing's vision and plan to redevelop the Riverview site. 

Research, education and virtual care

The new facility features dedicated space for research, knowledge exchange and education, as well as virtual technologies that help us provide even more specialized services to our clients and patients. Rooms are equipped with video recording and broadcast equipment, full wifi connectivity throughout the facility, Telehealth infrastructure to enable consults, and virtual care tools, including evidence-based e-mental health programs.

Electronic medical records

All client medical records at the Red Fish Healing Centre are fully electronic, allowing care providers to spend more time caring for clients and less time waiting for information. This also enables vulnerable clients to spend less time repeating their stories. Medication records are also be electronic for better safety and fewer errors.


Many partners participated in the design of the centre including staff, physicians, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation), and clients and their families.

The location and design of the building aligns with BC Housing's vision and master plan for the redevelopment of the Riverview site. The plan prioritizes open, green spaces and therapeutic landscapes to promote space for healing. Outdoor space at the centre includes gardens, trees and other natural elements. All of these features play a role in wellness and recovery.

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