Increased funding to improve students’ mental health (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions

Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 208-8438 (media line)

Ministry of Education

Government Communications and Public
Engagement
250 356-5963

Backgrounders

More help for mental health and addictions

Starting with $2.74 million in 2019-20, the Ministry of Health has allocated a total of $8.87 million over three years to support this mental health initiative. 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.

During the 2018-19 school year, the Province also 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.