Mental Health and Substance Use

One in five British Columbians will be affected by a mental health and/or substance use issue this year.

Mental Health and Substance Use

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.

Information in this Section

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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