In this submission, CMHA BC makes recommendations to support the dignity and security of people with mental health or substance use-related problems and those living in poverty.Continue reading2018 submission to BC’s poverty reduction consultation
The Bigger Picture
Mental health and well-being are so much bigger than one person. They include every part of our lives. When people have the right tools and supports in place, they can flourish regardless of health problems. When people do not have the support they need or are excluded, the entire community suffers.
Sexual abuse in childhood can leave scars that can last for a long time. Sexual abuse is any sexual contact between a child and an adult, or using a child for sexual purposes. It’s often done by someone the child knows and trusts.Continue readingChildhood Sexual Abuse: A Mental Health Issue
The Community Navigator Project was piloted in 2008 with the objective of making it easier for people with mental illness to access government services and supports though individualized support from trained navigators.Continue readingCommunity Navigator Project
These resources and fact sheets were developed through our projects on mental health and the criminal justice system.Continue readingCriminal Justice
Our communities are culturally diverse. We know that mental health and substance use problems affect everyone, regardless of their background, culture or ethnicity, but current mental health and substance use services may not be able to respond to the diverse needs of our community members.Continue readingCross-cultural Mental Health
Embracing the voice of people with mental illness and addiction is one of the key values of CMHA. This workbook is designed to help CMHA and other like-minded service providers bring this value to life through their work.Continue readingEngaging People with Lived Experience
With all of the information coming at us these days, it can be hard to filter out what is good information and what information isn’t so good. With all of the information out there, how do you know what information you can trust?Continue readingEvaluating Mental Health and Substance Use Information
The Strengthening Family and Youth Voices project was a province-wide project exploring the role of peer support in child and youth mental health.Continue readingFamily and Youth Peer Support
Decent, safe, affordable housing is one of the most important factors that affect our mental health. Poor housing, such as housing that’s too expensive, run-down or over-crowded, can lead to poor overall health. It can also make recovery from mental health or substance use problems much more difficult.Continue readingHousing
BC has experienced some dramatic political shifts in the last year. A new provincial government has made a commitment to ensure that people in need of mental health and addiction services can “ask once, get help fast.” But how can BC move from policy commitments to accessible supports and services that keep people well? What […]Continue readingHow can BC value mental health and physical health equally?