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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.                           Learn about complex mental health and addiction 

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BCMHSUS launches new provincial tool for concurrent disorders educationBCMHSUS launches new provincial tool for concurrent disorders educationBC Mental Health and Substance Use Services has launched a new, online toolkit to support people who provide services to those with serious mental health and substance use issues, including concurrent disorders.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/bcmhsus-launches-concurrent-disorders-toolkit2022-05-16T07:00:00Z
From direct care to education, see how nurses keep the health care wheels turningFrom direct care to education, see how nurses keep the health care wheels turningThis week, May 9-15, 2022 is National Nursing Week, an annual celebration of nurses across all areas of our health care system. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall. http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/national-nursing-week-20222022-05-09T07:00:00Z
Putting the patient experience first: Correctional Health Services peer support worker channels own experience to help othersPutting the patient experience first: Correctional Health Services peer support worker channels own experience to help othersThis Patient Experience Week, April 25-May 1, we meet Steve, a peer support worker and former client with Correctional Health Services (CHS). http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/patient-experience-peer-support-worker-chs2022-04-27T07:00:00Z
Mother and son duo share lived and living experience to inform improvements at BCMHSUSMother and son duo share lived and living experience to inform improvements at BCMHSUS​​​At BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), incorporating patient and family experience in planning and program development is a key part of ensuring the highest standard of care. http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/mother-and-son-patient-engagement2022-04-07T07:00:00Z
Indigenous patient navigator supports corrections clients in accessing culturally safe careIndigenous patient navigator supports corrections clients in accessing culturally safe careSince early 2021, Chris Tyler has been in the role of Indigenous patient navigator at Prince George Regional Correctional Centre, representing the first Indigenous patient navigator position within Correctional Health Services in B.C.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/indigenous-patient-navigator-correctional-health-services2022-03-30T07:00:00Z

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