In 2017, the British Columbia government created the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to find a way to better support people living with mental health and addictions issues. The Ministry and its partners are committed to working collaboratively to transform the mental health and addictions landscape in B.C. It’s important to the Ministry to provide a way to capture public feedback and give British Columbians the opportunity to shape our mental health and addictions strategy.
Between March 28 to August 21, 2018 Minister Judy Darcy hosted face-to-face roundtable dialogues with direct services providers, people with lived experience, people living and working in rural communities, Indigenous people, representatives from LGBTQ2S+ communities and people from diverse cultural backgrounds to listen and learn about the strengths and challenges in the mental health and addictions system and their priorities for action. Read the individual What We Heard Reports from the roundtable sessions.
Children and youth focus groups were conducted between May 14 and June 1 in: Prince George, Williams Lake, New Westminster, Chilliwack, Campbell River, Port Hardy, and Alert Bay. Stakeholder groups included: Indigenous youth and non-Indigenous youth, LGBTQ2S+ youth, youth and family service providers, early years service providers, service providers working with people with developmental disabilities, mental health and/or substance use issues and families of people with developmental disabilities, mental and/or substance use issues. Half the youth who participated were Indigenous.
Although we’ve embedded engagement with Indigenous partners throughout the process, we also supported targeted consultations with First Nations, Métis and Urban and Away from Home Indigenous groups.
The Ministry implemented a two-pronged approach to partner with Indigenous organizations and governments to improve mental health and wellness outcomes. The two components of the approach are:
- Supporting self-determination, through formal agreements and flexible funding arrangements, and
- Embedding cultural safety and humility across the provincial system and integrating Indigenous perspectives in all provincial work, programs and services.
This approach is consistent with Government’s reconciliation agenda as it will support improved mental health and wellness outcomes and support Indigenous governments and organizations in their journey to self determination.
We also invited feedback from all British Columbians through an online feedback survey, email and mail.
March 28, 2018 to August 21, 2018
- 5,480 visits to the engagement site
- 215 people attended 10 roundtable face-to-face sessions
- 700 online feedback forms
- 24 handwritten feedback forms
- 28 emails from individuals and organizations
Input leads to action:
Input generated through the face-to-face meetings and broad public feedback will help inform the development of our new mental health and addictions strategy and drive system-wide improvements. Your feedback will also be reflected in a What We Heard Report that will be released in fall 2018.
Read the individual What We Heard Reports from the roundtable sessions.