Foundations for Wellness

#GetLoud for Foundations for Wellness

When going through a challenging time, often it's the things we need most that are the first to fall out of reach - keeping up with daily tasks, eating well, doing things we enjoy and connecting with others. This can impact our quality of life and mental health, and if ongoing, can have real consequences for home, work, and relationships. 

People who are facing the stress of poverty or who feel isolated from their community are at higher risk of mental illness or problem substance use. Whether or not a person can meet their basic needs, cultivate friendships and secure a sense of place within a community determines their vulnerability; while the recovery potential of people already living with illness is deeply impacted by the barriers they face obtaining and maintaining resources and relationships.

Right now, 16% of British Columbians live below the poverty line.[1] People across the province are impacted by high housing costs, insufficient wages, and health and social service shortages that limit their opportunities and force them to cut back on food, save on utilities and live more isolated lives.[2] 

Mental health requires more than health care or self-care. It’s about making sure people have the essentials they need to be well like reliable income, housing, and community support.

Everyone has a right to the basic necessities of life.

Join CMHA BC in calling on a province that fosters wellness and recovery through:

  • Investment in reducing poverty in BC
  • Increased access to quality social services such as subsidized or supported housing, income assistance and low-barrier employment supports
  • Programs and policies that support equity and foster social inclusion

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Notes:

[1] Statistics Canada. Table F-18. Family Data. CANSIM Table 111-0015

[2] Government of British Columbia (2018). What We Heard About Poverty in B.C

Foundations for Wellness
Foundations for Wellness
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