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Ministry of Health

Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia

1 in 5 British Columbians will be affected by a mental health or substance use problem this year. These are our neighbours, our co-workers, our dearest friends, our parents, our children, ourselves.

There's lots we can do, from the earliest stages of life to the most senior years, to foster mental health and prevent the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. Sometimes, however, problems can develop - and sometimes they persist.

A variety of mental health and substance use resources and services are offered across B.C., including educational resources, prevention programs, early detection initiatives, and treatment options. Visit the Find Services page to find publicly-funded programs and services in your community. To locate mental health and/or substance use services specifically for youth and families, please visit the child and youth mental health and substance use services map.

Healthy Minds, Healthy People – B.C.’s 10-year mental health and substance use plan – aims to reshape how we think about, talk about, and approach mental health and substance use across the lifespan. It's about shifting and transforming health and broader systems that influence and support the mental wellbeing of British Columbians throughout the province.

This transformation is possible, but it will take dedication on everyone’s part, including families, communities, researchers, health and allied professionals, and all of government. We will all need to work together better than ever before.

Please check back soon – we will be adding additional resources like program and service links to this site! In the meantime, why not take a look at the plan (PDF 2.6M) to see what’s in store to better support you and your family.