BC HealthGuide Handbook

The BC HealthGuide Handbook has comprehensive information on how to recognize and manage common health concerns. Learn about how to prevent illness, home treatment options, and when you should see a health professional. You can find topics relevant to people of all age ranges throughout the handbook.

BC HealthGuide Handbooks are available free of charge to British Columbia residents and to organizations that help distribute these in their community.

English

At this time, the English version of the BC HealthGuide Handbook is no longer available by direct order from our website or by calling HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. We are currently exploring opportunities to provide new and updated self-care and general health information resources in print.

In the meantime, we encourage you to search our website for medically-approved information on more than 5,000 health topics. You can also access our services over the phone by dialling 8-1-1 (7-1-1 for hearing impaired) anywhere in British Columbia. You can speak to a health service navigator who can connect you with a registered nurse, registered dietitian or pharmacist, or help you find a health resource in your community.

Chinese

At this time, the Chinese version of the BC HealthGuide Handbook is no longer available by direct order from our website or by calling HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. We are currently exploring opportunities to provide new and updated self-care and general health information resources in print.

In the meantime, we have other resources that have been translated into Chinese. For more information about these resources, see Translated Resources – Chinese.

French

French handbooks are available through your local francophone organization.

To order printed copies of the BC HealthGuide Handbooks in French please go to the resource order form or call 8-1-1.

We also have other resources that have been translated into French. For more information about these resources, see Translated Resources – French.

Punjabi

Punjabi handbooks are available at many community or multicultural organizations, temples or English Language Services for Adults providers.

To order printed copies of the BC HealthGuide Handbooks in Punjabi please go to the resource order form or call 8-1-1.

We also have other resources that have been translated into Punjabi. For more information about these resources, see Translated Resources – Punjabi.

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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