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Mental health & substance use

Mental health and substance use services provide a range of health care and support services to adults and older adults struggling with acute, chronic or recurring challenges. Services may be provided in hospitals, the community or in your own home.

Click on the links for the services you are interested in learning more about. For other services available in Vancouver you can also go to the Providence Health Care website.

Accessing mental health and substance use services 

One in five Canadians experiences a mental illness, but recovery is possible. Like most illnesses, getting early treatment is important. Find ways to access mental health and substance use services.

Children and youth mental health services

We support children and youth with serious mental health difficulties or social, emotional or behaviour disturbances, including young children and young adults. Go to the Children & youth mental health services page for more information.

Acute and short-term treatment services

Acute and short term treatment services provide assessment, stabilization and short-term treatment in hospital, community or home environments. Go to the acute and short term treatment services page for more details.

Community rehabilitation services 

These services help individuals develop skills and access resources to be successful in their living, working and social environments. Learn more about community rehabilitation services.

Community mental health services 

Learn more about how our programs serve clients with major and persistent mental illnesses in the community.

Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind Well-Being Program

Eating disorders programs 

Search our directory for programs for anyone struggling with body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders.

Family involvement & support program 

We provide support, counselling, information and referrals to mental health services to clients and their friends and family. Read more about our family involvement and support program.

Harm reduction / needle exchange  

Provides supplies for safer drug injection and smoking, as well as information and referrals to health and substance use services. Learn more about harm reduction.

LGBT2Q+ services 

Providing services to help you access health care comfortably and respectfully. Learn more about LGBT2Q+ services.

Mental health & substance use housing

Groups homes, enhanced support apartments and supported independent living housing situations are matched to meet specific needs. Read more about our mental health and substance use housing services.

Online mental health & substance use services

Online services make it easy to get the help you need at a time and place that is convenient for you.

Outpatient services

We provide psychiatric assessment, consultation and time-limited group psychotherapy treatment to adults dealing with various forms of mental illness. Learn more about mental health outpatient services.

Mental health peer support

Our peer support services provide personalized support from another person with lived experience of mental illness or substance use.

Substance use support

We provide a range of services that can help those struggling with substance use or addiction, including detox, counselling and medication.

Suicide Attempt Follow-Up Education and Research (SAFER)

Counselling, support, end education for anyone feeling suicidal or has attempted suicide, and their friends or family members. Learn more about SAFER.

Tertiary mental health services 

Tertiary mental health services provide specialized care to meet the needs of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who have not been successfully treated by other programs.

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