Mental health is an important part of your physical health and personal well-being. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, mental illnesses are characterized by changes in thinking, mood, or behaviour associated with significant distress and impaired functioning. Mental illness can take many forms. Examples include: mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, problem gambling, or substance dependency.
It is important to know that no matter how you are feeling, you are not alone. There is help out there.
To learn about mental health and mental health issues, click on the links on this webpage.
For additional information or advice, call 8-1-1 any time of the day, any day of the year. If you are in an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Mental health can refer to a wide range of conditions that affect how you think, feel, or interact with other people. The list of conditions that fall under the mental health umbrella is extensive, and finding the information you need may be overwhelming. Our Learning Centre has mental health information in one place so that you can easily find what you are looking for.
For help navigating our website, call 8-1-1 to speak with a health services navigator any time of the day, any day of the year.
Mental Health and COVID-19
COVID-19 can make us feel confused, sad and anxious. Self-isolation may make us feel separate from the things and activities we use to help manage our feelings. It's good to learn about resources and supports to help you take care of yourself and your family.
Indigenous Mental Health Supports
Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific, culturally safe crisis support line:
- KUU-US Crisis Line Society: a 24-hour provincial Indigenous crisis line:
- Adults call 250-723-4050
- Children and youth call 250-723-2040
- Toll-free 1-800-588-8717
For other Indigenous mental health supports:
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: Phone toll-free 1-855-242-3310 or chat online at hopeforwellness.ca.
- First Nations Health Authority: Mental Wellness and Substance Use
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or 604-985-4464
- National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
- The Métis Crisis Line: available 24 hours a day at 1-833-MétisBC, 1-833-638-4722
- Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Society at 1-888-403-3123
Depression is an illness that causes you to feel sad, lose interest in activities you previously enjoyed, withdraw from other people and have less energy. Learn more about the symptoms of depression, treatment options, when you should see a health care provider and what it means to live with depression.
Experiencing mild to moderate anxiety is common. However, if you experience severe anxiety you may have feelings of helplessness, confusion, or extreme worry that are out of proportion with the seriousness or likelihood of the cause of your worry. Learn more about the symptoms of anxiety, home treatment advice and what you can do to help prevent anxiety attacks.
If someone you know is threatening suicide, always take them seriously. Learn about the warning signs of suicide, what to do if someone threatens suicide and what you can do to help.
- Provincial and Territorial Helplines and Websites
- Suicidal Thoughts or Threats
- Warning Signs of Suicide
Last updated: June 2021