This August we are inviting British Columbians to Help Shape our Future by telling us what they think are the best ways to intervene early - when people first need help - when it comes to mental health and substance use problems. Together we can help our new government keep their promise to put people at the centre of their decision-making. Help us spread the word by sharing the survey far and wide!

Click here to access the survey.

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  • All British Columbians have a stake in the future of our healthcare system. Take @CMHA_BC survey: http://ow.ly/Sttx30e5lTj
  • Have 5 minutes? Take @CMHA_BC survey! Help make #mentalhealth & #addictions a priority #b4stage4 ow.ly/PcvW30e5j73
  • Take @CMHA_BC survey! Now is the time to #GETLOUD for #mentalhealth & #addictions ow.ly/18VR30e5l6i
  • Take @CMHA_BC survey! Your responses will help build a #mentalhealth & #addiction system of care ow.ly/k6ee30e5jxu
  • Together, we are urging British Columbians to connect with their elected representatives and speak out on social media - to GET LOUD and demand that mental health is prioritized b4stage4. 

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Click here for a template email that you can send to your lists to share the survey - think coworkers, members, followers, clubs, teams, etc.)

 

Letter to the Editor template - click here to access our online tool to send a letter to your local newspaper (based on your postal code) and use the template below to share the survey.

Dear Editor,

The Canadian Mental Health Association is calling on the people of BC to help advocate for a more responsive and timely system of mental health and addictions care in BC by completing a short survey.

The results of this survey will be shared with decision-makers at key ministries to help them better understand and consider what members of the public see as important areas of focus in the months ahead.

The CMHA has a core policy belief that mental health and substance use problems should be treated the same as any other health issue. Since October 2016, CMHA BC has led a public policy campaign – b4stage4 – that has gathered support across the province for an equitable system of care that prioritizes prevention and early intervention. The “Help Shape The Future” survey builds on the momentum of b4stage4 and the campaign’s five point declaration for better mental health and addictions care in B.C. The declaration lays out a set of concrete and practical actions to improve the lives of people living with mental health and addiction problems.

Thousands have signed the b4stage4 declaration, which calls for action in five areas:

  • focus on prevention and early intervention
  • build an accessible addictions health care system
  • strengthen recovery closer to home
  • improve crisis care
  • lead change in mental health and addiction

I encourage all British Columbians to call for a system of care that values mental health, addiction, and physical health equally. We can all make our voice heard by collectively joining the b4stage4 movement at www.b4stage4.ca and by completing the Help Shape The Future Survey.

[INSERT YOUR NAME & TOWN]


b4stage4 General Resources

Will you join us? We’d like to see the number of signatures supporting the b4stage4 declaration rise to 6000. We’re asking our supporters to help by reaching out to their networks and aiming to bring new signatures to the declaration and connect British Columbians to our online tools.

We've prepared some resources to support you in spreading the message:

Social Media Graphics (click to download)

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Are you with us? Will you GET LOUD for mental health?

Don't forget to follow CMHA BC on Facebook and Twitter to get all of the updates! If you have any questions or need anything else, don't hesitate to reach out to us at public.policy@cmha.bc.ca.

Thank you for being champions of mental health!

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It's time we value mental health and addiction equally to physical health. Sign the @cmhabc #b4stage4 manifesto: