Mental Health and Substance Use Information and Publications

Aboriginal


Alcohol

Alcohol remains the most widely-used drug in Canada, with close to 80 per cent of British Columbians reporting drinking in the past year. Hazardous alcohol use can lead to a number of health and social problems such as injuries, violence, certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and liver disease. The harms and costs associated with alcohol use are greater than those for all illegal substances combined. Canada has developed low risk drinking guidelines to help Canadians balance the benefits and harms associated with alcohol.

Use the following resources to find general information and advice around alcohol:

Understanding Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption and reduce immediate and long-term alcohol-related harm.

Alcohol Reality Check

A lot of people wonder if they drink too much and if their drinking habits are unhealthy or put them at risk of harm or becoming dependent. This simple test helps you figure it out.

Planning a Dry Grad Event

Life Starts Now! describes dry grad planning from start to finish, incorporating ideas and suggestions for success from previous dry grad organizers, and information on specific BC legislation relevant to dry grad planning.

Life Ring

LifeRing support groups provide access for women and men to community-based mutual self-help support groups for those who self-identify with problematic substance use.

Evolve Your Drinking

A website with information and resources to help evolve healthy drinking habits.


Anxiety


Case Management


Concurrent Disorders

  • Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program
    The Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders program provides outpatient psychiatric consultations for B.C. youth (ages 12-24). The clinic offers specialized services for the complex needs of youth with substance use disorders, and conditions involving both substance abuse and mental disorders. A referral from a physician is required.

Consumer Involvement


Crisis Intervention


Depression


Developmental Disabilities


Eating Disorders


Employment and Education Supports


Family Involvement


Financial Assistance for Psychiatric Medication (Plan G)

  • No-Charge Psychiatric Medication: PlanG
    The plan provides coverage of certain psychiatric medications. Available to individuals of any age who are registered with a mental health service centre and who demonstrate clinical and financial need.

Harm Reduction


Housing and Homelessness


In-Patient Psychiatric Care


Income Support


Information Sharing Resources


Language Service

  • The Provincial Language Service
    Provides both on-site and telephone interpreting in over 100 languages for agencies and institutions across the province.

Legislation


LGBTQ2S

  • PRISM Services
    This Vancouver Coastal Health service provides supports for substance-use-affected lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gendered, queer and Two Spirit communities.
  • QMUNITY is BC's queer resource centre – the hub for the lesbian, gay, trans*, bi and queer community program, training and advocacy. Health related resources are available including mental health and substance use.
  • C.A.L.L. OUT is a program is a program that engages LGBT2Q+ youth ages 15-24 in meaningful activities to build their skills and connect them to their communities to empower them to make healthier choices about drug and alcohol use and overall well-being.

Maternal Health


Mental Health and Substance Use Fact Sheets


Mental Health First Aid

  • Mental Health First Aid Course
    A course offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association course for people who want to gain a better understanding of mental illnesses and develop basic skills to deal with concerns arising from a mental illness.
  • Mental Health First Aid Canada
    Provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Mental Health First Aid Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

Mental Health Promotion


Opioid Substitution Therapy

One of the most effective options for treating opioid (e.g., heroin, morphine, oxycodone) dependence is to provide patients with the pharmaceutical drug methadone. The drug acts as a substitute, enabling patients to stabilize their lives and avoid the risks associated with the non-medical use of illegal opioids (e.g., overdose, HIV or hepatitis C transmission by injection).

Use the following resources to find general information and advice around opioid substitution therapy.

B.C. Opioid Substitution Treatment System Performance Measures

Methadone and suboxone maintenance treatment for opioid dependence in B.C. has undergone significant growth over the past decade. This report from B.C.’s Office of the Provincial Health Officer provides data on the reach of B.C.’s opioid substitution treatment system. The information it presents is important for improving health service delivery and health system planning and, ultimately, achieving better health outcomes for opioid-dependent people in the province.

Methadone Facts for Patients

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. offers answers to basic medical questions about methadone. The information provides advice on avoiding accidental overdoses. Questions are also answered on possible drug interactions, long-term effects of methadone, and how methadone doses should be stored.

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia: Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

The College of Pharmacists of B.C. has developed policies, standards and guidelines to support the important role that pharmacies play in methadone maintenance treatment in the province. The college ensures that all pharmacy staff providing these services have successfully completed a mandatory training program, and are meeting all practice requirements.

B.C. Methadone Clinics

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia maintains a list of methadone clinics that are accepting new patients.


Parental Mental Illness


Police and Corrections

The following information sheets developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association outline common issues related to police interactions with people with mental illness and substance use disorders:


Prevention


Primary Care


Psychological Treatment


Psychosis


Research


Self-Help Tools

  • Depression Toolkit (PDF, 956KB)
    This toolkit contains resources and strategies important for the self-management of depression.
  • Drugfacts.ca
    A site informing youth about drugs and alcohol.
  • From Grief to Action
    A not-for-profit advocacy and support network for families and friends affected by drug use.
  • HereToHelp.bc.ca Fact Sheets
    A series of 42 basic fact sheets on various mental health and addictions topics.
  • Managing Mental Disorders
    A series of three toolkits to help people who already know that they have a mental disorder develop skills to manage their illness on their own
  • Managing Depression 
    A series of three toolkits to help you process a diagnosis of depression, work with your health professional, and prevent a relapse.
  • You and Substance Use
    A resource which educates the user about the impacts of problem alcohol or drug use behaviour, treatments and strategies on becoming more active in the recovery process.
  • Mindcheck
    This website is designed to help youth and young adults in British Columbia check out how they’re feeling and quickly connect to mental health resources and support.

Seniors


Substance Use

Substance use can occur along a spectrum form beneficial use to problematic and dependent use. As a general rule, substance use is a problem when it negatively affects our life or the lives of others.


Suicide


Tobacco

Quitting Smoking & Tobacco Use

Tobacco-related illness is the leading cause of preventable death in British Columbia. Tobacco use causes up to 6,000 deaths in the province each year, including over 100 non-smokers who die from diseases caused by second-hand smoke. Smoking kills more people in British Columbia than all other drugs, motor vehicle collisions, murder, suicide and HIV/AIDS combined. Learn more about the policies, programs and services the provincial government provides under the Tobacco Control program, including those on tobacco cessation (quitting smoking).


Trauma

  • B.C. Trauma Informed Practice Guide (PDF, 1.8MB)
    This guide, which includes an organizational checklist, supports knowledge and awareness of trauma while helping to translate what we know into practical strategies for practitioners and system planners.

Treatment for Mental Health and Substance Use


Workplace Mental Health

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