Mental Health & Substance Use Services

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Island Health provides a range of services for individuals dealing with moderate to severe mental health and substance use concerns. Explore each service by clicking the links below. 

Service Link

For additional information or help navigating services, call Island Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use Service Link at 1-888-885-8824. This line is answered by a call taker every day of the week.

Crisis Line

If you are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, please call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line, available 24/7 1-888-494-3888. You can also call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.


To see which facilities provide services, visit Mental Health and Substance Use Locations

Island Health provides a network of counselling, prevention, residential care and treatment services across Vancouver Island for youth (ages 13-19) and their families.
Mental Health and Substance Use teams help you access services in your community.
Supporting children, youth and their families by evaluating and planning treatment for significant emotional, behavioural, psychological and psychiatric symptoms.
Provides consultative psychiatric care to patients in areas that typically experience long wait times or do not have access to local psychiatry services.
Learn more about treatment and recovery bed-based programs for mental health and substance use.
Learn more about mental health and substance use services in your community.
Provides screening, assessment and individualized treatment plans to adults aged 19 and older who are facing moderate to severe challenges related to mental health and substance use.
Services for immediate support in the event of a mental health and/or substance use crisis.
Assessment and consultation services available to children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities experiencing non-crisis mental health concerns.
Discovery offers free community-based counselling services and access to residential care and treatment for youth ages 13-19.
Drug checking is a harm reduction service that helps people make informed decisions about unregulated substances before they use.
Eating disorders are treatable and there are program options available to help.