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    Community Press & News

    Community Press & News provides links to stock photos, Public Service Announcements and Press Releases which may be of interest to the media or the community at large. If you need additional information, or would like assistance in arranging a media event or interview, please contact:


    Heather Nelson-Smith

    Chief Administrative Officer

    District of Port Hardy

    PO Box 68

    Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

    Tel: 250 949 6665


    Caring Connection: New, Central Service Links people to Mental Health & Substance Use Resources

    March 30, 2023

    People in the Island Health region can now call a single telephone number to access a broad array of community-based services focused on mental health and substance use. The Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) Service Link helps people connect to information and services in their community. People seeking information can phone 1-888-885-8824 seven days a week to speak directly with a call taker.


    Health care plays a crucial role in connecting people who use substances with the resources they need to achieve better health outcomes. Service Link helps people navigate and connect to the right resources, including harm reduction services, drug-poisoning prevention, addiction medicine (opioid agonist therapy, prescribed safer supply and other medication options), withdrawal management, and treatment and recovery services.


    Read the news release from Island Health

    Please note that Service Link is a navigation tool – call takers are not trained to provide emotional support or crisis intervention. If you are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, please call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line, available 24/7: 1-888-494-3888.

    Information and services:


    Island Health: Mental Health & Substance Use Services

    BC Government:

    Service Link: 1-888-885-8824