British Columbia Services

811 - BC Nurseline

HealthLinkBC.ca

Call 811 from anywhere in BC, 24/7 to speak with a registered nurse and ask a health question. For TTY service, call 7-1-1. Translation services are available in over 130 languages on request.

To speak with a pharmacist, call 8-1-1, any night between 5 pm and 9 am. Pharmacists can answer medication questions when your community pharmacist is unavailable.

(updated Jun 1-09)

Adolescent Health Survey - AHS

www.mcs.bc.ca/ahs

This is a province wide survey conducted in 1992, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 by the McCreary Center Society. Over the years, more than 73,000 students, grades 7 to 12, from 45 BC school districts have participated in the surveys. It asks questions on the physical and emotional health of students, and other factors that can influence health during adolescence or in later life.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Against the Odds: A Profile of Marginalized and Street-Involved Youth in BC

www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/Against_the_odds_2007_web.pdf

Summarizes the results of surveys conducted with youth living in the streets of BC. Examines who these youth are, how they got there, challenges and opportunities, and some of the issues they face, such as violence or their substance use.  Conducted by the McCreary Centre Society.

(updated Oct 25-16)

AIDS Hotline

Province wide, 24/7, toll-free hotline in BC 1-800-661-4337. Provides information regarding modes of transmission, signs and symptoms, testing, treatment and prevention of HIV/Aids.

(updated Oct 25-16)

Al-Anon / Alateen Groups - BC / Yukon Assembly, Area 81

www.bcyukon-al-anon.org/

Lists meeting times and places for Al-Anon & Alateen groups throughout British Columbia and the Yukon. Alateen is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen is not a program for young people seeking sobriety.

(updated Oct 25-16)

Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/services-and-resources/find-services?org=53965&agencynum=17657006

This is a confidential service available 24/7 to all residents of BC. To speak with an addiction support worker, you can call 1-800-663-1441 toll-free from anywhere in BC or 604-660-9382 from the Lower Mainland. You can also text your drug or alcohol related question to 604-836-6381 (collect calls accepted), send a fax 604-660-9415, use the TTY line 604-875-0885. You can also send your question via e-mail or fill-out an form online.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Alcohol Use Among BC Youth

www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/alcohol_ahs_3_fs.pdf

Describes trends in alcohol use by youth in 1998 compared to 1992. The information comes from the Adolescent Health Survey (AHS) province wide surveys of youth, conducted by the McCreary Centre Society.

(updated Oct 25-16)

Alcoholics Anonymous - BC/Yukon Area 79

www.bcyukonaa.org/

Lists the meeting times and places of AA groups in BC, the Yukon, and a small protions of Washington.

(updated Oct 25-16)

Association of B.C. First Nations Treatment Programs

www.firstnationstreatment.org/

The Association is an inter-agency network of residential/outpatient addictions programs operated by First Nations in the province of B.C. Currently, the Association has a membership of 10 programs located both in rural and urban settings. Their mission is "To provide a First Nations forum that promotes culturally relevant best practices to enhance, excel and advance the continuum of care in addressing addictions."

(updated Oct 24-16)

BC Mental Health & Addiction Services - BCMHAS

www.bcmhas.ca/

BCMHAS is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), that provides a range of one-of-a-kind, specialized (also referred to as "tertiary") mental health services to people across the province. This includes the assessment and treatment of children and youth with co-occuring issues of mental health and substance use, the research and exchange of knowledge, and mental health promotion.

(updated Oct 24-16)

British Columbia Ministry of Children & Family Development

www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/youth/

Provides a wide range of services and connects youth to programs and workers that can help them if they are having difficulties, are sexually exploited, have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, are living on the street, have mental health problems, or a combination of issues.

(updated Oct 24-16)

British Columbia Ministry of Heath Services, Mental Health and Addictions

www.health.gov.bc.ca/mhd/

Responsible for developing policy, long term planning and best practices strategies and initiatives for the delivery of mental health and addictions services in BC. Addiction services in BC are provided through the Health Authorities.

(updated Oct 24-16)

British Columbia Regional Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous - BCRSCNA

www.bcrna.ca/

Lists the meeting times and places of NA groups in BC.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Centre for Addictions Research in BC

carbc.ca/

Conducts research on substabce use, harm reduction and addiction, disseminates findings and works with government to influence policy and planning. You can acces the SILINK Library a virtual library of documents relating to substance use and addictions.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Concurrent Disorders: Mental Disorders and Substance Use Problems

heretohelp.bc.ca/publications/factsheets/concurrent

Explains what dual-diagnosis is, examines how prevalent it is in BC, and where to get help. This fact sheet is part of "The Primer" series, a series of publications made to give you an good introduction to a variety of mental health and addictions topics. They are published by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.

(updated Oct 24-16)

D.A.R.E. BC Society

darebc.com/

This is an abstinence based drug education and awareness program that is conducted by the police in schools. The program is tailored to individual age groups and has a parent education component as well.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Every Door is the Right Door : A BC Planning Framework for Problematic Substance Use and Addiction

www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2004/framework_for_substance_use_and_addiction.pdf

Outlines the Governments strategy for dealing with Substance Use and Addiction issues in BC.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Following the Evidence: Preventing Harms from Substance Use in BC

www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2006/followingtheevidence.pdf

This paper presents five evidence-based strategic directions for policymakers and service providers in BC to achieve maximum and sustained benefit in preventing harm associated with substance use.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Here to Help

www.heretohelp.bc.ca/

Provides information and support to individuals and families in BC, to help them better manage mental health and substance use problems. Information is available in eleven languages.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Illegal Drug Use Among BC Youth

www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/drugs_ahs_3_fs.pdf

Describes trends in alcohol use by youth in 1998 compared to 1992. The information comes from the Adolescent Health Survey (AHS) province wide surveys of youth, conducted by the McCreary Centre Society.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Interior Health - Mental Health and Addictions Services

https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourCare/MentalHealthSubstanceUse/Pages/default.aspx

Interior Health Authority provides mental health and addiction services in following four Health Service Areas: Thompson Cariboo Shuswap, Okanagan, East Kootenay, and Kootenay Boundary.

"Youth Services have been greatly expanded for IH residents. The Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, an 8 bed regional facility helping young people, aged 12 through 17, opened in Kelowna in 2003. Youth concurrent disorder specialists have been hired across the region, through partnership with the Ministry for Children and Family Development. Short-stay addiction treatment beds have also been added across each Health Service Area, as well as specialists in methaphemtamine treatment and education. A mobile youth day treatment program was created in the Thompson Cariboo, offering services in the youth’s home community. An evidence-based prevention service framework has been created to support new addiction prevention positions across the Interior. This framework will target the populations of youth transitioning to adolescence, young adults at risk for binge drinking as well as perinatal women and the elderly." From Regional Profile : Interior Health, 2008

(updated Oct 24-16)

Lighting Up : Tobacco Use Among BC Youth

www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/smoke.pdf

Describes trends in tobacco use by youth in 1998 compared to 1992. The information comes from the Adolescent Health Survey (AHS) province wide surveys of youth, conducted by the McCreary Centre Society.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Marijuana Use Among BC Youth

www.mcs.bc.ca/pdf/marijuana.pdf

Describes trends in marijuana use by youth in 1998 compared to 1992. The information comes from the Adolescent Health Survey (AHS) province wide surveys of youth, conducted by the McCreary Centre Society.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Mental Health & Addiction Services for Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2007/MHA_Developmental_Disability_Planning_Guidelines.pdf

Document highlights the approach and principal recommendations used in BC for planning mental health and addiction services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Mental Health Information Line

Call 1-800-661-2121 or 604-669-7600 (Lower Mainland), 24/7. Provides taped information on provincial mental health programs as well as symptoms, causes, treatment, support groups and publications relating to a number of mental illnesses.

(updated Oct 25-16)

National Services

Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation - CACCF

www.caccf.ca/

If you are looking for an addictions counsellor, you may want to make sure that they are certified and have the qualifications you are looking for. To learn more about the knowledge and skills required for a drug and alcohol counsellor, check out the CACCF website.

(updated Oct 24-16)

Canadian Mental Health Association - CMHA

www.cmha.ca

The CMHA is an organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. They can help you find information and services specific to FAS/FAE and concurrent disorders (dual-diagnosis.)

(updated Oct 24-16)

Childhelp - National Child Abuse Hotline

www.childhelp.org/

Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) and press #1 to speak with a counselor. Service is available 24/7, 365 days a year to help kids, and even adults who are concerned about kids they suspect are being abused or neglected. You can call this number if you live in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

(updated Oct 24-16)

DanceSafe

www.dancesafe.org/

DanceSafe is a harm reduction organization promoting health and safety within the rave and nightclub community across the United States and Canada. They provide Information on club drugs and how to be safe at raves and reduce the risk of getting heat stroke. DanceSafe also provides training to volunteers who may want to start their own chapter.

(updated Oct 24-16)