Public Consultation to Help Change Mental Health and Addictions Services in BC- have your voice heard by Aug 21 2018

From CMHA B4Stage4

We’re so thankful to be connected to a community of people dedicated to changing the mental health and substance use system for the better. Together we have spurred some momentous change, not least of which is the creation of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, who is right now actively engaging British Columbians and developing collaborative ways to better support people living with mental illness and addiction.

The Ministry has launched a public consultation for their draft mental health and addictions strategy accessible online, by email or by mail. You can fill out an online feedback form about your experience encountering the mental healthcare system and provide suggestions for improvement; email your comments and ideas for how the strategy can help foster the mental wellness of all British Columbians to engageMMHA@gov.bc.ca; or print and mail this downloadable pdf version of the feedback form to this address:

Citizen Engagement Team
4th Floor – 617 Government Street
PO Box 9409 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9V1oria, BC V8W 9V1

The consultation ends August 21st 2018. We sincerely hope you’ll take the time to share your expertise and experience as we know how valuable it is and how integral you are to making change happen.

If you need a little inspiration on ways to change our system of care, check out our webinar recordings! The first webinar features Chris Naylor from The King’s Fund, and Kendra Milne, CMHA BC’s Senior Director of Policy, Planning and Government Relations, discuss how to progress political commitments to impactful changes in policy and practice. The second brings together Jenny Morgan, Director of Indigenous Health at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and Vanessa Brcic, a family physician, in conversation about the social determinants of mental health and the importance of culturally safe, violence and trauma-informed care.

Click on the links to watch:

How can BC value mental health and physical health equally?

Structural Violence: The role of poverty, trauma and stress in mental health and addictions

Last, but not least, please keep an eye out for our next newsletter about upcoming policy webinars! The series is just getting started. We’ll be right back to discussing emerging policy topics with seasoned experts in the Fall.

Thanks again for everything you do for mental health.

Sincerely,

Bev Gutray, CEO

Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division

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