ICBA has, and will continue to, been pushing for more mental health and addictions support in B.C. So when some comes along, it’s important to recognize the improvement.

Nanaimo News Now reported last week that Island Health is working towards improving mental health support for individuals facing moderate mental health and substance use challenges.

The plan is to collaborate with 11 private sector services, to assist an additional 1,500 people.

Patients will be able to access counseling either by self-referral or through their primary care provider. The expanded services cover a range of conditions such as anxiety, PTSD, and substance use triggers. The initiative includes a mix of non-profit and for-profit organizations, offering in-person and virtual care options.

Every little bit helps – and hopefully more help is on the way.

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.