Most of our services are for people with complex mental illness and addiction challenges. If you live in British Columbia and you're looking for help with general or less severe mental health and substance use issues, consider one of these resources.
The BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information is a coalition of
seven non-profit organizations stewarded by BC Mental Health and Substance Use
Services. The BC Partners work together to promote mental health literacy and
decrease stigma related to mental health and substance use across the province.
seven non-profit partners are as follows:
Canada promotes awareness of anxiety disorders through information sessions,
professional seminars and workshops. The organization also offers free online
tools, resources and support for adults and young people experiencing anxiety.
BC Schizophrenia Society is dedicated to educating the public about
schizophrenia and raising funds for research. The society advocates for better
services for people with schizophrenia and other serious and persistent mental
Institute for Substance Use Research
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) is a network of people
and groups who study substance use and addiction in support of community-wide
efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Its research is used to inform a
broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives.
Mental Health Association—British
Canadian Mental Health Association helps maintain and improve mental health for
all Canadians through more than 100 local, provincial and national locations.
In B.C., mental health, substance use and addictive behaviour fall within the
scope of the organization.
FamilySmart® (formerly Institute of Families)
provides support, navigation assistance and information to young people with
mental health issues and their families.
The organization also encourages family members and professionals to learn with
and from each other to enhance the quality of experiences and services for
child and youth mental health.
Legacy is a program of Family Services of the North Shore. It provides eating
disorders prevention education, resources and support for youth, families,
educators and professionals.
Disorders Association of BC
Mood Disorders Association of BC provides treatment, support, education, and
hope of recovery for people living with a mood disorder. The association builds
awareness and understanding in communities throughout the province to reduce
the stigma around mood disorders.
The Community Legal Assistance Society provides legal services
to people in B.C. who are marginalized. The society provides representation at BC
Review Board hearings for people who are receiving treatment at the Forensic
Psychiatric Hospital, as well as independent legal information for people
receiving involuntary treatment under B.C.'s Mental Health Act.
For information and
resources on mental health and substance use literacy, visit our Mental Health Promotion and Literacy section.
joint project of the BC Partners
for Mental Health and Addictions, HeretoHelp provides information and
resources in B.C. to help people manage their mental health and substance use.
Through this resource, family members can learn more about these conditions as
well as how to support a loved one with mental health or addiction issues.
Foundrybc.ca is a website that
provides young people and their families information on mental health and
well-being, substance use, social support and services, navigation assistance
Mental Health and Substance Use Services is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. For other mental health
and substance use services at PHSA, visit Our Services.
If you're looking for community-based treatment options for a mental illness or addiction, visit a doctor or contact your local health authority.
Coastal Health Authority
General inquiries: (604) 736-2033
Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
1 (866) 884-0888 (Toll-free if you live outside the Lower Mainland)
inquiries: 1-877-935-5669 (toll-free), 604-587-4600 (local)
General inquiries: 250-370-8699
General inquiries: 250-469-7070
Nations Health Authority
Toll free: 1-866-913-0033