British Columbians have access to a new website that will help them navigate more easily and connect to mental health and addiction information and supports.
“People seeking mental health and addiction support have told me that it is difficult to find information and they don’t know where to start,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Health mental and addictions. “Now we’ve created an online journey for people in British Columbia to access mental health and addictions support for themselves and their loved ones. “
British Columbians can access the new wellness website at: Wellbeing.gov.bc.ca
The website provides a user-friendly starting point for users to find the right information and services to meet their needs.
The Wellbeing website offers a guided search tool that helps users find an organized and personalized list of services by answering simple questions about who they are and what they need. This site is particularly useful for people looking for help for the first time and who need additional guidance in learning about the information and supports available to them.
“Having access to the Wellbeing website is especially important for families as they prepare to return to school,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education. “The transition can be stressful and cause anxiety, and I’m grateful that caregivers and students have this resource to find the right information and help easily and quickly when needed. “
The Wellness website provides information on mental health and substance use to help support children or youth, adults, parents or caregivers, seniors, Indigenous people, 2SLGBTQ + people, people who use drugs, service providers and post-secondary students.
To ensure it remains relevant, the website will continue to expand with input from community partners and ongoing peer review by people with lived and lived experience of mental health and substance use issues.
Improving online navigation to help those seeking mental health and addiction services and supports is a commitment outlined in A Pathway to Hope, British Columbia’s Roadmap to Creating a Comprehensive System of Care. addiction and mental health program that works for everyone.
Dr Nel Wieman, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority –
“Getting vital information about the mental health and wellness supports available for people who use substances in a culturally safe way will save lives. This is especially important for First Nations people in British Columbia who continue to die from the supply of toxic drugs at a higher rate than the rest of the population, in part because of disparities related to systemic racism and abuses. continuing impacts of colonization.
Alison Gear, Family Peer Engagement Coordinator, Foundry BC –
“It’s like a road map – a really good first step for anyone who wants to see what services are available to them. “
To connect to mental health and addiction supports, visit: https://wellbeing.gov.bc.ca/
To learn more about A path to hope, visit: https://bit.ly/33HyFHy