BC Centre on Substance Use has a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. Its core functions include research and evaluation, education and training and clinical care guidance.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (BC division) facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

The 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline is available for free for anyone in Canada who is thinking about suicide, in emotional distress, or who is worried about someone they know. Trained responders are available 24/7/365 to deliver high quality, evidence-based, equitable suicide prevention and crisis support for everyone in Canada. Supports include:

  • Resources for understanding suicide such as identifying risk factors, suicide-safe language, and how to talk to someone you are worried about.
  • Help in English and in French by phoning or texting 9-8-8.

Crisis Line Association of BC offers a call-in service for those in crisis:

  • 1-800-SUICIDE: Call 1-800-784-2433 if you are having a crisis or are concerned about someone who may be. Available 24 hours a day.
  • Call 310-6789 (no area code needed) toll-free anywhere in BC to access emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health and substance use issues. Available 24 hours a day.

The Government of BC offers a range of resources on its Mental Health and Substance Use resource page. The Government of BC also offers virtual mental health supports, including a mental health check-in tool.

Community Wellbeing has a comprehensive range of information, self-help guides and toolkits dealing with different aspects of well-being.

Wellness Hub offers resources, supports and information in English and French on topics including anxiety, grief and loss, therapy and depression.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada provides resources specifically targeted at mental health in the workplace.

The Working Mind is an evidence-based training program designed to promote mental health and reduce stigma in the workplace.

The list of resources above is not intended to be an endorsement of the organizations, is not meant to be exhaustive, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals.