Vancouver Coastal Health Authority – Mental Health and Substance Use

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority delivers our services to more than one million British Columbia residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, the Central Coast and surrounding areas.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority – Mental Health and Substance Use Services outlines a range of health care and support services to adults and older adults struggling with acute, chronic or recurring challenges. Services may be provided in hospitals, the community or in your own home. Information is available on acute and short-term treatment, community rehabilitation services, community mental health services, family involvement and support, LGBT2Q+ services, peer support, harm reduction, outpatient and tertiary services. Detailed information is also available about the following:

  • Accessing Mental Health & Substance Use Services provides information on where and how to access emergency and non-emergency mental health and substance use support.
  • Deaf Wellbeing provides information on mental health services available for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind throughout the province.
  • Eating Disorders provides information on the programs available for children, youth and adults struggling with body image, disordered eating and eating disorders. Information includes a list of service providers and eligibility requirements.
  • Mental Health – Child & Youth provides information on the child and youth mental health services available, including who is eligible and how to access the services.
  • MindHealthBC is an evidence-based online service that makes it easier to find the help needed for depression, anxiety, and other mental health and substance use conditions.
  • Substance Use Services provides information on the services offered including withdrawal or detox management, methadone maintenance, community services, and Sheway (services specific to pregnant women and women with infants under 18 months of age). Individuals interested in substance use services can review the list of service providers or contact the Access Central-Detox Referral Line at 1-866-658-1221.

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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