There are a variety of reasons we might consider adjusting how, how much, why and whether we drink alcohol, whether due to health, lifestyle, financial or other personal factors. When we think more intentionally about our decisions around alcohol, we are being mindful drinkers. Mindful drinking is a practice of thinking about why and how much you drink. You may have also heard the term sober curious, which refers to a lifestyle practice of drinking […]Continue readingMindful Drinking
We all have a role to play in erasing stigma, promoting health, and supporting our loved ones. Here is how you can be a More Than Substance Use Advocate/Supporter: Share de-stigmatizing information about substances and using substances on social media so people have correct information and know where to get help. Have supportive conversations with […]Continue readingThe Role We Play
Our substance use can impact our mental health. We may also use substances to cope with how we are feeling. If you need someone to talk to, help is available. Kuu-us Aboriginal Crisis Line: Call toll free 1-800-588-8717 BC Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 (no area code required, local volunteers) YouthinBC.com: Online chat service for […]Continue readingNeed Help Now?
If you are using substances, there are steps you can take to support yourself and those around you: from knowing how to identify the signs of an overdose to keeping Naloxone on hand, and finding where to test substances. Understand the basics of substance use and get tips for reducing risk of harm from Foundry. […]Continue readingUnderstanding Substances
Hearing from others who have lived experience using substances can give us an understanding of what can contribute to substance use, what the recovery journey can look like and can also validate our experience based on what others have been through. I’m Riding This Thing, It’s Not Riding Me is one young person’s story of […]Continue readingNot Using Substances, but Curious?
If you are looking for services and supports, help is available throughout the province of British Columbia. Learn about the resources available below. Alcohol and Drug Information & Referral Service – 1-800-663-1441. Free 24/7 confidential multilingual information and referral to community resources. Information about detox, counselling, treatment, recovery, and support groups. First Nations Health Authority: […]Continue readingServices & Supports
Being concerned about a young person in our life is not easy and it can be hard to know what to do first. Below are tips for having conversations about substance use and how to support ourselves, while supporting others. Referrals to Youth and Family Substance Use Services How to respond to an overdose Learn […]Continue readingSupporting Someone
People have been using tobacco, alcohol, cannabis and other drugs for years. Substance use is complex and has the potential to both help or harm. Everyone’s relationship with substances is unique and individual. > Do you ever think about your relationship with substances? > Do you ever question your attitudes and actions related to substances? […]Continue readingMore Than the Substance
Smoke, evacuations, loss, worry—BC’s wildfires affect us all. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, you are not alone. Here are some things you can do: Connect with CMHA – Reach out to your local CMHA branch. Many branches offer services to help you take care and feel less alone. In particular, thanks to a grant from […]Continue readingCoping with disaster stress
International human rights agreements and health research demonstrate that all people need a solid foundation of basic necessities such as income, housing, food and meaningful employment to enjoy mental wellness. Without this, people experience social exclusion and lose their sense of belonging, which can make them mentally ill, worsen their illness or prevent them from […]Continue readingBuilding an Equitable Foundation: Removing barriers to access for people with mental health and substance-use related disabilities