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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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Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Learning Rounds return, facilitating knowledge exchange for better careProvincial Mental Health and Substance Use Learning Rounds return, facilitating knowledge exchange for better careProvincial Mental Health & Substance Use Learning Rounds, a collaborative forum, is facilitating knowledge exchange among mental health and substance use professionals and engaging interdisciplinary teams in collaborative learning. http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/learning-rounds-are-back2023-01-20T08:00:00Z
Patients at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital complete 630 paid work and volunteer opportunities in the community thanks to growing vocational programPatients at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital complete 630 paid work and volunteer opportunities in the community thanks to growing vocational programThis year, patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) have completed over 630 paid and voluntary opportunities.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/patients-at-forensic-psychiatric-hospital-complete-630-paid-work-and-volunteer-opportunities2022-12-14T08:00:00Z
More overdoses can be prevented with interventions for people leaving correctional centres who use stimulantsMore overdoses can be prevented with interventions for people leaving correctional centres who use stimulantshttp://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/more-overdoses-prevention-with-interventions-for-people-leaving-correctional-centres-using-stimulants2022-11-23T08:00:00Z
New resources aim to facilitate open dialogue about mental health and substance useNew resources aim to facilitate open dialogue about mental health and substance useConversations about a person’s mental illness or substance use can be challenging, but listening with the intent to understand plays a big part in supporting recovery. To help facilitate open dialogue, BCMHSUS has created new resources.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/new-resources-help-facilitate-dialogue-on-mental-health-substance-use2022-11-22T08:00:00Z
Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO learning sessions help democratize knowledge around mental health and substance use careProvincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO learning sessions help democratize knowledge around mental health and substance use careAs part of its commitment to building capacity among clinicians and care providers to provide better mental health and substance use services, BCMHSUS has launched a Project ECHO, a series of evidence-based, interactive, learning sessions.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/news-stories/stories/provincial-mental-health-substance-use-echo-supports-collaborative-learning2022-11-03T07:00:00Z

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