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Caring for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges

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What is complex mental health and substance use?

We treat the most ill, most vulnerable people in B.C., whose needs go beyond what they can access in their communities. One frequent example of the kind of complex illness we treat is a concurrent disorder, which is defined as a combination of a severe mental illness and substance use disorder.                       

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More than meets the eyeMore than meets the eyeKelly Soros is an Indigenous woman and emergency physician. She is also the loving sister of Jake, who was incarcerated. Kelly shares her experience in an animated video series from BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Emily Carr University.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/more-than-meets-the-eye2024-06-04T07:00:00Z
Register for the fourth annual B.C. Concurrent Disorders ConferenceRegister for the fourth annual B.C. Concurrent Disorders ConferenceB.C. Mental Health and Substance Use Services and UBC are thrilled to present the free, virtual B.C. Concurrent Disorders Conference on March 28 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/register-for-the-fourth-annual-bc-concurrent-disorders-conference2024-03-11T07:00:00Z
What is life like during treatment at Heartwood? There’s an app for thatWhat is life like during treatment at Heartwood? There’s an app for thatHeartwood Centre for Women worked with program alumni, staff, health authority liaisons, and community partners to develop a new pre-admission app to better support clients.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/heartwood-digital-handbook2024-03-10T08:00:00Z
Until you can love yourselfUntil you can love yourselfKayla Sankey sees herself in each woman navigating healing and recovery at the Heartwood Centre for Women. Two years ago, she was one of them.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/until-you-can-love-yourself2024-03-10T08:00:00Z
Creating magic at Heartwood Centre for WomenCreating magic at Heartwood Centre for WomenRecovery can be a difficult journey for many. At Heartwood, recreation therapists like Danielle Barrett help ensure clients are experiencing moments of excitement, happiness, and connection.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/creating-magic-at-heartwood-centre-for-women2024-02-07T08:00:00Z

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