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Provincial Mental Health & Substance Use ECHO

The Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO is an online collaborative environment for service providers who support people with complex mental health and substance use issues.

About Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO: Closing gaps in client care

ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) helps service providers deliver coordinated, effective, and evidence-informed care for people with complex mental health and substance use issues. It is an innovative, evidence-based model for continuing professional development that uses Zoom videoconferencing technology. 

Hosted by BCMHSUS, each free, online event includes a presentation led by a subject matter expert, a case presentation by one of the participants and a collaborative discussion to develop recommendations for future application in care. The sessions provide opportunities for participants to interact, share recommendations, and learn from one another in a collaborative environment.

Why you should take part in ECHO

ECHO is a safe space to share challenging case scenarios, receive helpful feedback, and learn practical, evidence-based approaches to enhance your practice. Additionally, through ECHO, you will:
  • Improve your knowledge of evidence-based approaches and foundational principles for supporting individuals with complex mental health and substance use issues and other issues
  • Increase your access to virtual mentoring and support
  • Be better prepared to tackle common clinical scenarios
  • Work through challenging cases with subject-matter experts

How you can participate

Register for ECHO

ECHO sessions take place every two weeks, starting on Wednesday, November 16 from noon to 1pm.

  • November 16, 2022: Trauma-Informed Practice with Dr. Linda Uyeda, family physician, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
  • November 30, 2022: Crisis Intervention and Prevention: Focus on Comfort Planning with Dr. Jane Sun, psychologist, Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction
  • December 14, 2022: Supporting Clients with Challenging Behaviours with Dr. Erika Penner, psychologist, Provincial Assessment Centre, Community Living BC

The winter 2023 ECHO schedule will be posted on this page.

If you would like to present a case study during an ECHO session, please fill out the case study presenter form and email it to the ECHO team.

Have questions? Email the ECHO team


Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use ECHO is funded by the Province of British Columbia and by the Health Canada Substance Use and Addiction Program (SUAP).

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