Our Future

Partnering with the BC Crisis Line Network, the Crisis Centre of BC is spearheading a transformative initiative to reshape mental health crisis care and suicide intervention across the province and beyond. With a focus on immediate support, trauma-informed care, and sustainable funding, their recommendations aim to revolutionize the system, creating accessible services, community-based respite facilities, and coordination for a seamless crisis response.

Systems Change

The Crisis Centre of BC, as part of the BC Crisis Line Network, has been working with municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, as well as partner agencies, on several key initiatives aimed at transforming crisis care and suicide intervention across the province and beyond.

The BC Crisis Line Network is working toward:

  • Establishing a robust crisis response system designed to handle mental health, addictions, and other complex social issues, focusing on prevention and community-led responses 
  • Coordination of crisis care across 9-1-1, BC Ambulance, and Police services with the goal of directing all crisis response to a crisis centre for immediate support, suicide risk assessment, crisis de-escalation, and bridging to follow-up care
  • Provide public access to car programs, health authority crisis response teams, and community-based response programs
  • Advocating with the federal government for the creation of a national suicide prevention framework

The Network is actively addressing access to mental health crisis care and suicide intervention across British Columbia. The Network aims to tackle the root causes of the challenges in a system that has not fully reached its potential and contribute to changes in the province’s health, mental health and public safety mandates that lead to lasting change, trauma-informed care, and sustainable, equitable funding.

Learn more about the BC Crisis Line Network’s work

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Our Impact The topic and word "suicide" is not so scary after taking a training from the Crisis Centre of BC. I'm grateful to have been here today, and am hopeful that I can help people in the future. safeTALK participant, Agassiz