Help Change Mental Health and Addictions Services in B.C.

August 15, 2018. Article by: Government of B.C.

You or someone you care about will likely be affected by mental health or substance use challenges at some point in life. These issues don’t discriminate – they affect people from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, from all regions of the province, including your neighbours, co-workers, friends, parents, siblings and children.
Of the 1 in 5 British Columbians living with mental health or substance use issues, many will successfully seek treatment and support. Others may experience a complex system of services that can be confusing to navigate. And some will struggle alone, because the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction is itself a barrier to getting help.

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is building a seamless, coordinated mental health and addictions system that is free of discrimination and stigma, and focused on hope and healing. That’s why we have been meeting with people from across the province to learn how we can improve our system of care.

Since March Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has been talking directly with service providers, families, community organizations, Indigenous people, youth and people with lived experience about ways to build upon strengths and address challenges in the mental health and addictions system.

And now, we’re asking all British Columbians to weigh in.

This is your chance to help shape a new provincial mental health and addictions strategy. Your participation can help give British Columbians the kind of mental health and addictions system they deserve, where every door is the right door and where people are at the centre of care.

Please share your thoughts before August 21, 2018 at 4 p.m. by:

Citizen Engagement Team
4th Floor – 617 Government Street
PO Box 9409 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC  V8W 9V1

  1. Submitting your comments using the online feedback form
  2. Emailing your feedback and ideas to:
  3. Downloading a printable PDF version of the feedback form and mailing your comments to:

View the final report on what British Columbians want from their mental health and addictions system.  This report will help inform the new mental health and addictions strategy.

We look forward to your thoughtful contributions.