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Ministry of Health

Mental Health and Substance Use

Mental health is a vital part of a person’s overall wellbeing. Mental health problems and problematic substance use (including addiction) can be found among all sections of society. Some people with mental health problems also struggle with problematic substance use.

Mental health and/or substance use problems may be mild, moderate, or severe, and may emerge or re-emerge at different times throughout a person’s life. However, treatment is available and problems can often be minimized by early intervention.

View Healthy Minds, Healthy People (PDF 2.6M) for the Province's decade-long vision for collaborative and integrated action on mental health and substance use in British Columbia.