Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for employment with MPA Society?

Visit the Careers page of our website at Careers

Do I need to be a member to access services?

MPA programs are available to people who live with mental illness. While Membership is not a requirement for participation and acceptance in programs, all program participants that meet eligibility requirements for membership are encouraged to become Members.

There is no cost for Membership.

Membership implies both connection and responsibility. Members have created expectations of conduct for attendees to follow, ensuring the peaceful enjoyment and safety for everyone accessing our services.

Individuals wishing to become Members must be able to demonstrate, that at some time, they have received psychiatric treatment and are over the age of nineteen. They may be asked to provide a contact that can verify that they are eligible for Membership of the MPA Society.

In addition, they are asked to agree to honour the Mission, Vision and Philosophy and to uphold the Bylaws and Constitution of the MPA Society.

How do I get into MPA Society Housing?

Our housing is accessible in most cases by referral only. In Vancouver, individuals are assessed and referred most often by Mental Health Housing Services (Vancouver Coastal Health). For programs outside of Vancouver, one can access housing through the various mental health teams associated with the Fraser Health Authority. Please contact for more specific information to assist with access to our housing.

What is MPA?

MPA Society is a registered charitable non-profit organization that was founded in 1971. The Society works to support people with serious and persistent mental illness through offering a variety of supports and services, including housing and advocacy.

How do I learn more about my mental illness?

For more information about mental illness, please click here.

How can I support MPA?

 There are many ways you can support MPA Society:

  • Education – mental illness is one of the most misunderstood health issues. The more informed our communities become, the greater the opportunity for support, understanding, compassion and funding for services will occur. Moreover, with increased awareness, there will be a greater reduction in the stigma for people recovering from mental illness and consequently, an increase on their willingness to seek help and improve their situation.
  • Donate – While MPA Society receives operational funding from government, community donations allow us to enhance the opportunities for our Members and broaden their experiences. We gratefully accept donations in the form of:
    • cash (cheque, online credit card)
    • planned giving
    • donations in kind
    • tickets to events and activities
    • art supplies

If you would like to make a donation to MPA Society please visit our donor page at Canada or email As a registered charitable association, MPA Society is pleased to issue tax receipts in compliance with CRA guidelines.

Where do MPA funding dollars go?

100% of every dollar donated goes directly to service.

MPA Society is tremendously grateful to our donors and supporters. We understand that our donors may have a special relationship or loyalty to a particular program. To that end, we make every effort to honor our donors’ requests for directing their donation to support a particular program. These donated funds are directed to supporting non-funded program activities or equipment that enhance our client’s experiences and activities.

MPA Society also receives general funding dollars. These monies are directed to programs where the opportunity to either leverage the donation occurs or the largest number of Members can be served.

Finally, during capital campaigns, MPA Society may receive donations that are directed towards a special capital project, such as the purchase of a building, the development of a commercial kitchen, or purchase of a vehicle. In this case, donations are usually directed in support of the campaign goals.

How can I help a family member or friend with mental illness?

Having a family member with mental illness can be very stressful. Many people try to manage their situation alone. It is not uncommon for people to isolate themselves so they can avoid the stigma that may come about when associates find out about their situation.

One helpful way to deal with mental illness in the family is to connect with other families who are in a similar situation. There are many organizations in the lower mainland that can connect people to other families in the same geographic area, and also provide factual information about mental illness. Click here for more information.

Becoming knowledgeable about mental illness and how to access support and services are valuable tools that will assist not only the individual living with the illness but also the family working to support the person.

How do I access emergency housing?

MPA Society does not currently operate emergency housing programs. For current listings of emergency housing available in your community, please click here. Click on 'Housing Option' tab.

I am in crisis now – what do I do?

If this is an emergency, please contact 911 or your local mental health resource or hospital.