Mental Health Information
The more we learn about mental health and mental illnesses, the better equipped we are to maintain and improve mental health for ourselves and others. Whether you are looking for more information on a specific mental illness, need some tips on keeping your own mental health in balance, or are looking for help for yourself or someone you care about, we can help.
Find Help Now
You may feel like this isn’t the time to reach out for help or use emergency resources, but it’s important to seek help no matter what else is going on. Emergency rooms, emergency responders, and other crisis workers are there for you no matter why you need help.
The following are emergencies. In these situations, please seek help right away.
- Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life
- Experiencing sensations that aren’t real and/or beliefs that can’t possibly be true
- Making choices that put you in serious danger
- Becoming unable to care for yourself
- Experiencing medication problems like serious side effects
- Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose
- Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like benzodiazepines and alcohol)
Go to the nearest emergency room or follow the emergency instructions provided by your doctor, mental health professional or care team. If your community has a mental health care, you can call 911 to request it.
Interior Crisis Line
24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis line operators have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
Mental Health & Substance Use supports
For help right away, any time of day or night. It’s a free call.
Suicide Crisis Helpline
Seniors’ Distress Line
Free confidential support for seniors, their caregivers or anyone concerned about a senior. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Kid’s Help Phone
Find help now if you are in a non-emergency
bc211 or call 211:
Dial or text 2-1-1 to be connected with a Resource Navigator who will provide information and referral to available social, government, and community supports and services that can help with:
- basic needs like food and shelter,
- mental health and addictions support,
- legal and financial assistance,
- supports for seniors, newcomers, and much more.
Or, search the 211 online resource database at bc.211.ca
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions
Resources available in many languages
For each service below, if English is not your first language, say the name of your preferred language in English to be connected to an interpreter. More than 100 languages are available.