In BC, we have been paying for mental health and addiction care in the most expensive way possible. People wait too long for help, often until they are in a health crisis. At that point, they often access care through emergency rooms or police.
With a new provincial government Ministry focused on improving BC’s mental health and addiction system, now is the time to take action. We can build a system that provides the right services at the right time in order to avoid crisis, help people recover and keep people connected to their communities.
We believe action in these five areas will lead to better mental health in BC:
- Focus on Prevention and Early Intervention
- Build Access to an Addictions System of Care
- Strengthen Recovery Closer to Home
- Improve Crisis Care
- Lead Change in Mental Health and Addiction
The CMHA BC declaration outlines these ideas for change – but we need your continued support to put these ideas into action. Get loud with us to improve mental health and addiction care in BC.