Use of substances like alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs is more complicated than just “good” or “bad.” It’s helpful to think of substance use along a continuum, from beneficial use to harmful use.Continue readingSubstance Use and Addiction
Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships. In this section you will find resources to help you stay mentally fit and healthy.
Each person has a different relationship with substances like alcohol and other drugs, and people use substances for different reasons. What’s beneficial for some may cause problems for others, or for the same person in different situations.Continue readingSubstance Use Problems
It can be scary when someone you love is sick. It can be especially scary if they’re diagnosed with a mental illness. It’s hard to see someone you love in pain and it’s confusing when someone you know well is not acting like themselves. You know how you would take care of them if they […]Continue readingSupporting a Friend or Family Member
Seventy to 90% of people living with serious mental illnesses in Canada are unemployed. Research tells us that most people living with a serious mental illness want to work, but few do find work—and, often, the work doesn’t meet their goals or abilities.Continue readingUnemployment, Mental Health and Substance Use
We see mental illness, substance use and violence connected often—in the news, on TV shows, and in movies. The relationship between violence, mental illnesses and substance use is more complex than we see in the media. Many different factors increase the risk of violence.Continue readingViolence, Mental Illness and Substance Use
Visions is an award-winning quarterly magazine that brings together many views on mental health and substance use. It’s a place to explore different aspects of wellness, share your own experiences, learn from others, and discuss ideas.Continue readingVisions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal
People cope with difficult thoughts, feelings, or situations in different ways. Some people cope by injuring themselves on purposeand it may be the only way for them to feel better. Self-injury may seem frightening, but its important to look beyond the injuries and see whats really going on.Continue readingYouth and Self-Injury