History and Background of the Mental Health & HIV/HCV Project

The Mental Health & HIV/HCV Project is an initiative that began in 2008 when the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) of BC conducted a province wide needs assessment on the mental health needs of people living with HIV/AIDS/HCV. It was a first step response to anecdotal evidence provided by community based organizations working with people who are living with HIV/AIDS/HCV.

This initial data indicated that the mental health needs of people living with HIV/AIDS are being compromised by existing gaps and barriers and a general lack of services across the whole continuum of mental health support systems. Moreover, knowledge about the scope and range of the mental health conditions was largely unknown on a provincial basis.

The needs assessment entitled Trap Doors: Revolving Doors: A Discussion Paper details the prevalence rates of mental health conditions of people living with HIV/AIDS/HCV (PWAs) accessing services from community-based AIDS organizations (ASOs). The report details the burden of care for ASOs and the frustration experienced by community workers at the enormous need for mental health supports and the lack of access to these services. PHSA distributed Trap Doors: Revolving Doors: A Discussion Paper across the province to ASOs, BCMHAS and Public Health as a means to initiate further dialogue.

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For the full report, CLICK HERE