Forward House provides adults living with mental health challenges with the support and tools they need to enjoy full and independent lives. We are a compassionate, inclusive community in mid-Vancouver Island.

A Wonderful Celebration of Mental Health

The "Our Community, Our Art" Final Showcase at the Quality Resort Bayside Restaurant was a great success. It was so powerful to see the incredible collection of  art, talent and creativity on display. There were paintings, jewelry, photographs, 3-dimensional art, sculptures, and poetry. We had over 100 visitors come through, who had the opportunity to enjoy the art and find out more about Forward House. The exhibit demonstrated beautifully what people can do when they and their talents are supported and celebrated. This project was generously supported by the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation, the Canada 150 Initiative, Parks West Business Products, Best Buy, and the Quality Resort Bayside.

For a look at some of our clients' artwork, visit our Gallery page here.


On Sale Now! Forward House's 2017-18 Calendars are available for $20 each. All proceeds will go toward our 'Moving Forward with Accessibility' bathroom renovation to ensure our house is fully accessible for individuals with mobility challenges. Click here for more information on this exciting project. To order your calendars now, please call 250.954.0785 or email us at

Monday December 11th, 6:00 pm - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - Forward House benefits from the contributions of many volunteers. This evening is one way we say 'thank you' for everything they do!

Friday December 15th, 4:30 pm - Christmas Dinner at Forward House - Join us for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by a giving circle. Clients free, guests $10. RSVP by December 12th.

Wednesday January 17th, 5:30 pm - Dessert Night - Come to Forward House for an informational chat, tour, and some delicious desserts. Learn more about mental health and the importance of day-to-day supports and social opportunities. 

Support for Caregivers 

Although Forward House closes officially at 5:00 on Thursdays, we are open for caregivers from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday nights.

Join our Families Forward Support Group for great discussions and lots of support and resources. Drop-ins welcome!

Volunteer Opportunities  

At Forward House there are so many ways to give back. Our volunteers provide a range of supports including preparation of home-style meals, art instruction, transportation, Board engagement, and much more! With just a few hours a week, you can provide life-changing opportunities to people who need your support. 

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Mental Health and Substance Use Resources

For Mental Health Resources, click here

For Substance Use Resources, click here.

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A Special Acknowledgement...

Forward House has been a proud recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for our Healthy Eating Meal Program from 2015 to 2018. 

Approximately 77% of Forward House funding comes from the Vancouver Island Health Authority. We rely on the generous support of the community to cover our remaining needs. Join our family of supporters today and your gift will offer compassion and promote mental wellness.