Mental Health and Substance Use

Many divisions around the province are working with partners in their communities on projects to support the care of patients with mental health and substance use issues. Through this work, a wide range of materials have been created for patients and physicians, including emotional wellness handouts, resource lists, presentations, referral forms, and lists of signs and symptoms that can help patients (or their friends and family) identify when they might need help.

Twenty-five divisions are also engaged in projects focused on MHSU for children and youth in partnership with Local Action Teams of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative– a provincial initiative supported by the Joint Collaborative Committees of Doctors of BC and the BC government.

In addition, the Practice Support Program (PSP) offers two physician-led group training sessions to help doctors provide mental health care. 

To learn more about what divisions are doing to support patients with mental health and substance use issues, click the links below. For information specific to opioids, see the provincial Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing page.

 

 

Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative resources

 

 

Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative overview

Collaborative Toolbox 
A one-stop shop for many of the tools and resources created, tried, and tested by the Collaborative since 2013, including toolkits, handouts, posters, consent forms, ER protocols, learning modules, and more.

Legacy magazine

 

Patient resources

Burnaby
Why your emotional health matters (video series) 

Central Okanagan
Resource Guide for Youth and Parents/Families

Comox Valley
List of community resources

Cowichan Valley
List of community resources

Kootenay Boundary
Self-care resources for patients

North Shore
Mental health and substance use resources page

Rural and Remote, Salt Spring Island Chapter
Suicide Intervention toolkit for youth 
Suicide Intervention toolkit for parents/caregivers
Growing Healthy Kids: Child & Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Resources for Salt Spring Island

Sea to Sky
List of local programs and services

South Island
List of community resources

Thompson Region
List of resources

Victoria
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills Group

White Rock-South Surrey
List of community resources 


 

Physician resources

Central Okanagan
Resources for professional caregivers

Langley
Rapid access to psychiatry

North Shore
GP/psychiatry working group

Rural and Remote
Resources for physicians 

Rural and Remote, Salt Spring Island Chapter
Suicide Intervention toolkit for health care professionals

Sea to Sky
CYMHSU Collab info and community resource list

Shuswap North Okanagan 
CMHA wellness grants 
MOA safeTALK sessions. Training for suicide-alert helpers

Thompson Region
CYMHSU information and resources

Victoria
Victoria MHSU resource guides

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills Group 
MHSU learning series


 

Facilities

Abbotsford
Abbotsford Youth Health Centre

Chilliwack
Chilliwack Youth Health Centre

Mission
Rapid Access Clinic

North Shore
HealthConnection Clinic

Ridge Meadows
Youth Wellness Centre

South Okanagan Similkameen
Martin Street Outreach Centre

 

Provincial and non-division resources

Fraser Health video: Moments to Milestones: Engaging with People who use Substances

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

Child and Youth Mental Health Intake Clinics for Families in the Greater Victoria Area. Brochure by Ministry of Children and Family Development 

 

GPSC fee codes and other supports 

Doctors can access mental health and substance use support through GPSC fee incentives. These include:

Mental Health Incentives (April 2017)

Attachment Initiative Incentives (2017)
Includes GPSC fee code G14074 – GP Unattached Complex/High Needs Patient Attachment Fee: Compensates for the time, intensity, and complexity of integrating a new patient with high needs, including mental health and/or substance use patients, into a family physician’s practice.