Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has released the following statement for National Addictions Awareness Week:
“My heart goes out to everyone affected by the extreme weather and flooding in B.C. I’m thankful for the people who have come together to support one another in a remarkable way. Our government will do everything possible to rebuild a stronger, better British Columbia.
“Over this National Addictions Awareness Week, I’m thinking of the devastating effect that addiction has on people, families and communities – but also how recent weather events can make this even more difficult. The challenges we are facing are unprecedented and we are working as fast as we can to keep people safe. I encourage anyone who is struggling to call 310-6789 for confidential mental health support.
“We will do all we can to help people access mental health supports. The Province is working with community partners to co-ordinate and strengthen resources for those affected by the flooding. More details on tools and resources to help those coping with natural disaster are at bcdisasterstress.ca.
“Our government is working to build a seamless mental health and addictions system of care in B.C. Almost every week we are opening new treatment and recovery beds and adding additional programs and services to help with addictions, no matter where people live or how much money they make. Virtual low- and no-cost mental health supports are available online, including low- and no-cost counselling services, at: gov.bc.ca/mentalhealthsupports
“With the recent challenges our province has faced, it’s crucial to provide mental health and addictions supports, and to keep people connected to vital treatments and services. People have really pulled together during this natural disaster, and I will bring that spirit to our government’s work in building a system of mental health and addictions care that keeps people safe in tough times.”