The Provincial Government has invested 5 million dollars into both expanding existing infrastructure and developing new virtual mental health resources to support B.C. residents during COVID-19.

“If you are feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or disconnected because of COVID-19, I want you to know that you are not alone,” said Premier John Horgan.

Horgan acknowledged stresses experienced by the 130,000 British Columbians who have lost their jobs because of the virus.

Funding will increase access for Indigenous communities and those living in rural parts of the province.

Furthermore, the shift to virtual-care will offer options for those who are currently unable to access their regular in-person support or treatment.

“I have heard from people right across B.C. about how this pandemic is taking a toll on their mental health,” said Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Judy Darcy.

Government officials are partnering with numerous organizations including Foundry Youth Centres, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the BC Psychological Association.

The funding looks to:

  • expand online peer support
  • provide new options for adults grappling with mild to moderate mental health issues
  • create greater access to low-cost and no-cost programs
  • allow youth aged 12 to 24 to access Foundry services through voice, video and chat
  • develop online psychological supports for healthcare workers

Several services are available and online, while others will come online on April 20, 2020.

“Now more than ever, we have to take care of ourselves and take care of others,” stated Darcy.

Further information about mental health supports is available on the Canadian Mental Health Association British Columbia Division’s website.

The full statement can be found online.