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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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kʷikʷəƛ̓əm gifts historic warrior house post to watch over clients at the Red Fish Healing Centrekʷikʷəƛ̓əm gifts historic warrior house post to watch over clients at the Red Fish Healing CentreFor the first time in over a century, a striking house post, carved from a 600-year-old cedar tree, had been unveiled and placed on the primary lands of the Kwikwetlem First Nation.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/historic-warrior-house-post-red-fish-healing-centre2021-09-09T07:00:00Z
Understanding the root causes of addiction this International Overdose Awareness DayUnderstanding the root causes of addiction this International Overdose Awareness DayThis International Overdose Awareness Day, experts from BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services explain why treatment and addressing the root causes of addiction are important parts of B.C.’s ongoing overdose crisis response.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/understanding-root-causes-of-addiction2021-08-31T07:00:00Z
Harnessing the power of art and nature for recoveryHarnessing the power of art and nature for recoveryRead the story of how a mural in the Hummingbird Room at the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction came to life.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/harnessing-power-of-art-nature-for-recovery2021-08-27T07:00:00Z
Annmarie’s story: The power of community and creativity in overcoming traumaAnnmarie’s story: The power of community and creativity in overcoming traumaThis is the story of Annmarie, who experienced childhood trauma and abuse at the hands of her former husband. Today, she looks back on her life with a clearer understanding of how trauma affected her life, and shares what allowed her to heal.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/power-of-community-creativity-overcoming-trauma2021-08-18T07:00:00Z
B.C. nurses become the first in Canada to prescribe life-saving opioid agonist treatmentB.C. nurses become the first in Canada to prescribe life-saving opioid agonist treatmentMeet Jessica Martens, a registered psychiatric nurse who became one of the first certified nurses in the Provincial Health Services Authority to prescribe Suboxone. She joins a team of other nurses who were trained to support the opioid crisis response.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/bc-nurses-first-in-canada-to-prescribe-suboxone2021-08-12T07:00:00Z

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