Over his 30 years as a family doctor, Dr. Garey Mazowita encountered patients with mental health concerns on a daily basis.
VCH has launched an online resource, MindHealthBC
, which will make it easier for individuals with mental health and substance use issues to find help.
MindHealthBC gathers the wealth of evidence-based resources available and puts them together into one easy to use website.
- workbooks provided through BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information
- valuable resources for friends and family members seeking information for their loved ones
- easy navigation to in-person services in Vancouver, Richmond and Coastal communities
- free access to online cognitive behavioural therapy based programs
“The focus is on the self-management of high-prevalence mental health conditions,” say Drs. Mazowita and Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Physician Lead for the MindHealthBC project. “It’s intended to empower people to help themselves or at least point them in the right direction for other resources. We’re hoping we can eventually triage individuals who need additional help to more tailored, personalized resources, including an appropriate clinician where needed.”
Dr. Mazowita says that while we’ve come a long way, there is still a stigma attached to mental illness and substance use, which can create reluctance to seek care. Access to a self-directed website is less likely to be impacted by stigma.