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Mental Health and Substance Use

Many British Columbians are affected by mental health and/or substance use issues. Learn more.

Many British Columbians are affected by mental health and/or substance use issues. In fact, one in five British Columbians will be affected by a mental health and/or substance use issue this year. Mental health and substance use issues can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender, or ethnicity. This could be your neighbour, your co-worker, your dearest friend, your parent, your child, or yourself.

Symptoms related to mental health or substance use issues can range from mild to severe. Likewise, the impact to your life, and the lives of those around you, can also range from mild to severe.

It is important to know that no matter how you are feeling, you are not alone. There is help out there.

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Mental Health

Mental health is an important part of your overall health. Whether you experience mild anxiety, have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, have an eating disorder, or are experiencing any other mental health related issue, there is help out there. Learn about mental health issues, how and where to find help, and what to do if you are in a crisis right now.

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Find Mental Health Services

Are you looking for mental health related services near you? Use the HealthLinkBC Directory Guided Search to find assessment and intake services; counselling services; crisis intervention programs; specialized programs for eating disorders, seniors, or psychiatric rehabilitation; and support groups. The directory includes health services offered by the provincial government, provincial health authorities, and non-profit agencies across the province.

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Substance Use

Substance use is the use of drugs or alcohol, including substances such as cigarettes, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, inhalants, and solvents. A substance use problem is when using drugs or alcohol causes harm to you or to others or interferes with regular responsibilities such as work or relationships. Learn about substance use, substance use problems, and where and how to get help.

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Find Substance Use Services

Are you looking for substance use related services near you? Use the HealthLinkBC Directory Guided Search to find assessment and intake services; treatment programs; support services and education; support groups; and harm reduction programs. The directory includes health services offered by the provincial government, provincial health authorities, and non-profit agencies across the province.

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Resources

There are numerous mental health and/or substance use related resources in British Columbia. Whether you require support or are just looking for information, help is available. Browse our list of mental health and substance use related crisis lines, information lines, websites, tools and apps for British Columbians.

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Last Updated: June 2021