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
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.
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?
In June 2006, working in partnership with the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance, the CMHA BC initiated a year-long pilot project to deliver outreach services to homeless individuals at eight core locations around the province. The project goal was to reduce homelessness by assisting homeless individuals to access long-term solutions to address their state of […]Continue readingIncome/Homeless Outreach Project
One in five of us will experience a mental illness or substance use problem at some point in our lifetime. Even though these health issues can affect the way we work, many people don’t seek help because they fear they will lose the respect of co-workers—or even lose their job.Continue readingMental Illness and Substance Use in the Workplace
Mental illnesses affect everyone in some way. We all likely know someone who has experienced a mental illness at some point. Yet there are still many hurtful attitudes around mental illnesses that fuel stigma and discrimination and make it harder to reach out for help. Its time to look at […]Continue readingMyths About Mental Illness
Published by the Disability Without Poverty Network in 2012, this brief reviews the cost of basic essentials in BC and proposes an increase to the Persons wit Disabilities benefit rate to a minimum of $1,200 per month to better reflect the actual cost of living in BC.Continue readingOverdue: The case for increasing the persons disabilities benefit in BC
About one in five people—over six and a half million Canadians—experience a mental illness or substance use problem in their lifetime. Unfortunately, many people don’t ask for help because they feel ashamed or scared. People may judge them and treat them negatively based on a mental health or substance use […]Continue readingStigma and Discrimination
In this recorded webinar, Jenny Morgan and Vanessa Brcic discuss the complex connections between poverty, trauma and stress in the development, experience and treatment of mental illness and addictions.Continue readingStructural Violence: The role of poverty, trauma and stress in mental health and addictions
Learn about crisis intervention and mental health training available for police and other first responders.Continue readingTraining for Police and Other First Responders
Seventy to 90% of people living with serious mental illnesses in Canada are unemployed. Research tells us that most people living with a serious mental illness want to work, but few do find work—and, often, the work doesn’t meet their goals or abilities.Continue readingUnemployment, Mental Health and Substance Use