Mental Health Information and Resources
At some point in our lives, mental illness will impact most of us either personally or through a family member, friend or colleague. Health Canada has estimated that 20 percent of the population will experience a mental illness, which can affect people in all occupations, socio-economic status, cultures, race and at all education levels.
The workplace environment can contribute positively to mental well-being. However, at times, the workplace can contribute to mental illness either as a direct source of stress, depression and anxiety or by exacerbating issues that exist in other parts of one’s life. If not well managed, workplace-related mental health issues can lead to increased rates or levels of illness and can result in absenteeism, tension and conflicts between colleagues, deteriorating employee performance, reduced morale and a need for disciplinary action.
Here are some valuable resources that may help you cope with a mental illness.
If you, or someone you know, are struggling with mental health challenges, visit:
For tool and resources for individuals and support for family and friends, visit:
For workplace strategies for mental health, visit:
Other helpful resources available in English only are:
Mood Disorders Association of BC
Visit www.mdabc.net or call 604-873-0103 (in the Lower Mainland) or 1-855-282-7979 (in the rest of BC) for resources and information on mood disorders. You’ll also find more information on support groups around the province.
Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
Visit www.cmha.bc.ca or call 1-800-555-8222 (toll-free in BC) or 604-688-3234 (in Greater Vancouver) for information and community resources on mental health or any mental illness. You can also learn more about two helpful programs:
- Bounce Back is a free program for adults experiencing mild to moderate depression, stress, or worry, using self-help materials and telephone coaching: www.bouncebackbc.ca
- Living Life to the Full is a fun and engaging mental health promotion course that helps people learn skills to deal with the stresses of everyday life: www.llttf.ca
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information
Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories about depression. You’ll also find more information, tips and self-tests to help you understand many different mental health problems.
Resources available in many languages:
*For the service below, if English is not your first language, say the name of your preferred language in English to be connected to an interpreter. More than 100 languages are available.
Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about, or talk with a pharmacist about medication questions.