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Students supported with better access to more mental health programs

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Students supported with better access to more mental health programs

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Ministry of Education
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 356-5963
Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
250 208-8438 (media line)
Media Contacts
Ministry of Education
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 356-5963
Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
250 208-8438 (media line)

Backgrounders

Facts about funding for mental health services for B.C. students
  • This funding is part of the Province’s commitment to improve access to mental health and addictions services announced in Budget Update 2017 and is supported by the Canada-British Columbia Home and Community Care and Mental Health and Addiction Services Funding Agreement. The agreement will provide $262 million over five years for mental health and addiction services in British Columbia.
  • This funding is in addition to $3 million announced earlier this year at the 2019 School Community Mental Health Conference, which brought together representatives from all 60 school districts to focus on improving mental health and addictions services for all B.C. students. This brings total funding to nearly $11.9 million from 2018-19 to 2021-22.
  • Improving mental health in schools is an integral part of government’s actions outlined in A Pathway to Hope, B.C.’s roadmap for making the system of mental health and addictions care better for people by providing safe, quality supportive recovery services, no matter where a person lives in B.C. Implementing A Pathway to Hope is a shared priority with the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
  • As part of the Province’s strategy, government is creating integrated child and youth teams in five school districts and boosting early intervention and prevention supports in schools throughout the province. Planning is underway in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and Comox Valley school districts where the first integrated child and youth teams will launch later this school year. Additional integrated teams will be established in three more school districts over the next two years.
  • During the 2018-19 school year, the Province expanded the Erase strategy to be a more comprehensive resource to better represent the challenges facing youth and their communities. Erase now focuses on mental health and wellness, substance use, social media and online safety, gang prevention and supporting students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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