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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 substance use 

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New research suggests no mental health benefits to eating your placentaNew research suggests no mental health benefits to eating your placentahttp://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/media-room/news/2019/no-mental-health-benefit-placenta-eating2019-05-02T07:00:00Z
Community transition teams aim to prevent overdose deaths among people recently released from a correctional facilityCommunity transition teams aim to prevent overdose deaths among people recently released from a correctional facilityA new project aimed at supporting people transitioning back to their communities upon release from a correctional facility could change lives in 2019 by preventing overdose and helping clients get on a healthier path.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/media-room/news/2018/community-transition-teams-aim-to-prevent-overdose-deaths-among-people-recently-released-from-a-correctional-facility2019-01-30T08:00:00Z
Forensic Psychiatric Hospital to improve staff safetyForensic Psychiatric Hospital to improve staff safetyVancouver – The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital is rolling out significant changes, including increased staffing, expanded security, and specialized training, which will make immediate improvements to protect staff.http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/media-room/news/2018/forensic-psychiatric-hospital-to-improve-staff-safety2018-09-19T07:00:00Z
Youth and young adults benefit from provincial substance use treatment programYouth and young adults benefit from provincial substance use treatment programKeremeos – More than 80 youth and young adults with substance use and mental health challenges have benefitted from the natural healing environment of Ashnola at The Crossing since the facility opened last year. http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/media-room/news/2018/youth-and-young-adults-benefit-from-provincial-substance-use-treatment-program2018-06-22T07:00:00Z
Fentanyl overwhelms opioid drug market in Vancouver’s Downtown EastsideFentanyl overwhelms opioid drug market in Vancouver’s Downtown EastsideThe proportion of opioid users in the Downtown Eastside who tested positive for fentanyl jumped to 100 per cent from 45 in just four months last year, according to new research published today. http://www.bcmhsus.ca/about/media-room/news/2018/fentanyl-overwhelms-opioid-drug-market-in-vancouver’s-downtown-eastside2018-02-01T08:00:00Z

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