Hear from everyday change-makers who are working to stop overdoses. Learn from those who are helping to put a human face on the overdose crisis in our province. Powerful stories that can help others heal, provide hope and remind us of our humanity. Share these stories with others and get involved in your community. Together we can build greater awareness about overdose.

Dr. Bonnie Henry discusses the experiences of people who face addiction.

Addiction is a Health Condition

There are different reasons why people use substances. Some people who use substances do not experience challenges. But for those who do struggle with...
Registered Clinical Counsellor, Alexandra, reflects on helping women with their mental health during and after pregnancy

Mental Health and Substance Use Supports for New Mothers

Pregnancy and motherhood can be one of the most beautiful and exciting times; it can also be stressful and isolating. For women experiencing mental health or...
Woman looks out window thinking about ways to stay safer

Preventing Withdrawal & Other Harms During 2 Health Emergencies

During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone needs to take steps to be safe. For people who use drugs or alcohol, get information about reducing the risk of...
Person looks up British Columbia Mental Health online supports on their smartphone

Get Mental Health Help at Home During COVID-19

Many are feeling heightened emotions right now. Longstanding challenges may be escalating, or you may be struggling for the first time with your mental health...
A man looks out a window, thinking about his wellbeing

Overdose Prevention and COVID-19

In British Columbia, there are two public health crises happening at the same time: the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing overdose crisis. It is a very...
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COVID-19: Mental Health Supports for Social Distancing & Self-isolation

Right now, things feel uncertain and strange for many people. Sometimes world events can cause more uncertainty, stress, and anxiety than we have day-to-day....
A crowd of people view the HOPE display in Vancouver

HOPE Display Message Grows Beyond Vancouver Island

Following the loss of her son Matthew to overdose in 2017, Judith felt a strong need to get people talking. She created a heartfelt memorial to show the...
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Nearly 3 British Columbians Dying Each Day Due to Toxic, Illicit Drugs

Illicit drug death totals in recent years have been higher than motor-vehicle incidents, suicides and homicides combined in B.C. Andy Watson, Manager of...
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Talking About Addiction in Compassionate Ways

Words are powerful. Whether said out loud, typed in a text or on social media. When it comes to talking about substance use and addiction, whether online or...
Rows of lit memorial candles honour people who have lost their lives to overdose

Healing After Loss from an Overdose

There is no rulebook when it comes to coping with the tragedy of lossing a loved one to substance use. We grieve intensely because we love intensely. Here are...