Let’s change the way we think about mental health and addictions.

The time to improve our systems of care for mental health and addiction is now. More British Columbians are becoming ill and do not have access to the supports they need. All British Columbians have the right to good mental health.

Achieving equality for mental health and addiction care will require investment in education, prevention, and early intervention. It will require coordinated care that is accessible in our communities and from our primary care settings.

The need is clear. The value of investing is obvious. It’s time to change our system of care.

GET LOUD. TAKE ACTION.

Sign the manifesto onlineclick here to download a PDF copy, and click here to download our endorsement form

 

For questions, concerns, or further information please contact info@cmha.bc.ca 

We don’t wait until Stage 4 to intervene for cancer, so why do we wait to treat mental illness and addiction?

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We believe action in these five areas will lead to better mental health in British Columbia
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  • We must spend smart and invest wisely in effective community-based services and supports designed to prevent mental illness and intervene quickly with the early signs of mental health and addictions problems.
  • We must work together to make sure people do not have to wait for months to receive a basic level of mental health and/or addictions help. People should be able to “ask once and get help fast.”1

1The Scottish Association for Mental Health (2016)

  • We must focus on building a standardized, compassionate, and evidence-based system of care, for people living with addictions problems.
  • We must level the playing field and ensure people have just as much access to mental health and addictions health care as physical health care.
  • We must strengthen the safety net for the most vulnerable members of our community, living with mental health and/or addiction problems.
  • We must build and implement a provincial housing strategy to ensure more people living with mental health and/or addictions problems have a safe place to call home.
  • We must continue to work together to reduce the number of suicides in British Columbia.
  • We must ensure a reduction in the use of police, emergency departments, and the justice system as treatment for people living with mental health and/or addiction problems.
  • We must have a province-wide plan for mental health and addictions, for both young people and adults that extends beyond two political terms.
  • We must enable leadership and accountability through the appointment of a dedicated cabinet Minister of Mental Health and Addictions with a dedicated budget.
It's time we value mental health and addiction equally to physical health. Sign the @cmhabc manifesto at
Let’s change the way we think about mental health and addictions.
It's time we value mental health and addiction equally to physical health. Sign the @cmhabc manifesto at