Mental Health & Substance Use Services

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Island Health offers a range of services for people seeking support to help manage their mental health and substance use. 

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

For information about local mental health and substance services or a program referral, click one of the links below.

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 (Mount Waddington): 250-902-6051

Port MacNeill (Mount Waddington): 250-956-4461

Southern Gulf Islands: 250-538-4711

Victoria: 250-519-3485

Westshore/Langford: 250-370-5799

Westcoast: 250-726-1282

Mental Health and Substance Use Service Link 1-888-885-8824

For more information or help navigating services for mental health, substance use and harm reduction, please call the Mental Health and Substance Use Service Link 1-888-885-8824. This line is answered seven days a week. As this is not an emergency or crisis service, callers who leave a message will be contacted the same or next day.

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

To find locations for safer drug use, visit Overdose Prevention & Supervised Consumption locations.

For information on the decriminalization of people who use drugs in BC, please visit the webpages for Health Canada and the Province of BC.

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 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.