Mental Health/Substance Use & HIV/HCV

Mental health and wellbeing are important to each of us as it speaks to our capacity to live fully and meaningfully.  To do so should be within each person’s reach. Poverty, loss and addictions, among other forms of social suffering, can and do impact our mental health and wellbeing.

Though the communities in our province are very diverse, there are many similar issues facing people living with, or at risk for contracting HIV and other communicable illnesses such as HCV. In particular, many community members experience barriers in accessing the social determinants of mental health along with mental health support. Stigma and discrimination surround HIV /HCV and mental illness, and combined, they call for an approach to mental health and wellbeing that is rooted in self-determination and attention to the factors that engender social suffering. Read more

At the Pacific AIDS Network, we are committed to working with communities and frontline workers to strengthen our awareness of mental health and wellbeing. We approach our work through the guidance and leadership of the Mental Health, Substance Use and HIV/HCV Advisory Committee (MHSUAC), which is comprised of community, mental health and public health representatives from across the province.

History and Background, CLICK HERE

Advisory Committee, CLICK HERE

Community of Practice, CLICK HERE

Training and Curriculum, CLICK HERE

Map of Mental Health and Substance Use Resources, CLICK HERE

Resources, CLICK HERE

Mental Health and Wellbeing Blog, CLICK HERE

Mental Health related Webinars, CLICK HERE