Mental Health & Addictions

BC Government Ministry for Mental Health & Addictions

*If you are in immediate crisis or distress, please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or use another Distress Support Line number listed in the table below.*

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions was created in 2017 to improve the access and quality of mental health and addictions services for all British Columbians, as well as develop an immediate response to the opioid public health emergency.

  • Mental Health and Substance Use Supports in B.C.
    Learn more about the types of mental health and substance use supports available in B.C. and look for services in your area.
  • Overdose Prevention and Response in B.C.
    Find services and information on overdose prevention, including overdose prevention, responding to an overdose, naloxone, talking to youth about drugs, and how the B.C. Government is responding to the crisis. Additional information is also available from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer here.
  • Anti-Stigma Public Awareness Campaign
    In partnership with the Vancouver Canucks, the Province has launched a campaign to end stigma around substance use and addiction that prevents people from asking for help.
  • Child and Teen Mental Health
    Access information about mental health services and resources available to families from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and a number of partner service providers.
  • Mental Health Act
    Learn about British Columbia’s Mental Health Act and the important implications for individuals requiring involuntary treatment or receiving voluntary treatment under the act, their families and service providers.
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Information and Publications
    A list of information resources, guidelines, strategy documents, and toolkits related to substance use and mental health matters.
  • Organizations Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use in B.C.
    A comprehensive index of organizations in British Columbia and Canada that provide a wide variety of supports, services and resources for people affected by mental health and substance use.
  • Office of the Provincial Health Officer
    Learn more about the provincial health officer, the senior public health official for B.C., responsible for monitoring the health and population of B.C

Emergency Resources

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are in crisis and/or distress and require immediate response, please contact the Distress Support Line using the numbers and links below:

  • Distress Line Numbers:
    Greater Vancouver 604-872-3311
    Toll free – Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast 1-866-661-3311
    TTY 1-866-872-0113
    BC-wide 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
    Online Distress Services,
    Seniors’ Distress Line 604-872-1234
    Mental Health Support (BC-wide) 310-6789

You can also find a local Crisis Support Centre near you.

General Mental Health Resources

Please use the Government of BC’s Mental Health Support website to find mental health and substance use supports near you.

Local Resources for Youth

For more youth mental health resources, please visit the Government of BC’s Child & Teen Mental Health page.

Local Resources for Indigenous Peoples

For more Mental Health resources for Indigenous people, in Metro Vancouver resources, please visit the Aboriginal Executive Council’s Mental Health Resource List.

LGBTQ+ Resources