Mental Health & Substance Use Services

stop overdose redux

Island Health offers innovative services for treatment and support for those impacted by mental health and substance use issues.

If you are experiencing a crisis or an emergency, the Vancouver Island Crisis Line, available 24/7: 1-888-494-3888.

To access services or seek referral to any of our mental health programs and locations, visit our Mental Health and Substance Use Referral Pages.

Access telephone numbers:

Campbell River: 250-850-2620

Comox Valley: 250-331-8524

Cowichan Valley: 250-709-3040

Nanaimo: 250-739-5710

Oceanside: 250-951-9550

Port Alberni: 250-731-1311 

Port Hardy: 250-902-6051

Port MacNeill: 250-956-4461

Southern Gulf Islands: 250-538-4711

Victoria: 250-519-3485

Westshore/Langford: 250-370-5799

Westcoast: 250-726-1282

For facilities that provide these services, see Mental Health and Substance use locations

To find places providing space for safer drug use, see our Supervised Consumption locations.


A range of services are available to those with mental illness and substance use issues. These include 24 care and rehabilitation, vocational assistance and independent living opportunities.
Assessment and treatment services to stabilize acute symptoms in a safe environment as well as short term care for patients in crisis, at risk, or in severe distress.
Providing rapid, mobile, community-based response to children, youth and families in crisis.
Learn more about the Mental health and Substance Use teams in your community.
Opioid agonist therapy (OAT) is an effective treatment for addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl and Percocet.
Short Term Assessment and Treatment programs provide specific therapy to deal with acute mental health issues.
For adults and family members affected by drug and alcohol problems.
Overdose Prevention and Supervised Consumption Services* are locations where people can use illegal drugs under supervision by trained staff.
The Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth Program is a dynamic, interactive injury prevention program for teenagers.
PES is accessible 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to provide specialized emergency psychiatric and substance use care to adults (17-75 years) experiencing emergent mental health and substance use-related crises, in alignment with legislative requirements of the Mental Health Act.
For people with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.
Recovery Addiction Support (RAS) is an abstinence-based program for individuals recovering from substance use addiction offering daily psycho-educational groups covering a great variety of topics related to recovery, mental health, and wellness.