Access resources like fact sheets, voice and video recordings as well as free online courses.

  • Understanding substance use from a health promotion perspective - Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

    Read about substance use through the lens of wellness, looking at the range of contributing factors that maintain the addiction, with the individual at the centre in terms of making sense of life and having self agency.

    Heretohelp is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information. BC Partners' work is funded by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

  • Harm reduction fact sheet – HealthLinkBC

    Read this B.C. government publication on harm reduction, the benefits of harm reduction and FAQs pertaining to harm reduction.

  • Naloxone fact sheets

    Learn about naloxone, where to get naloxone and where to receive naloxone training.

  • Overdose response practice drill

    Find out how to create your own overdose drill. Our toolkit will help hone your skills in case you need to respond to an overdose.

  • How to recognize an overdose

    Learn what to be aware of if you think a person is experiencing an overdose.

Videos and voice recordings

  • Why give breaths: The importance of giving breath in an opioid overdose – Toward the Heart

    Watch how important it is to keep giving breaths to prevent brain damage in a person who is experiencing an overdose. This video was created and sponsored by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

  • How to use naloxone - Toward the Heart

    Watch this short video to learn the steps for using Naloxone. This video was created and sponsored by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

  • Theory on addiction - Johann Hari

    This six-minute video highlights the importance of healthy supportive relationships and how they can mitigate substance use behaviour. It was adapted from English journalist Johann Hari's New York Times best-selling book, Chasing the Scream.

  • Understanding the basics of addiction - Maple Ridge Treatment Centre (MRTC)

    This one-hour podcast is from a MRTC family education event, facilitated by a MRTC counselling member on the topic of thinking about addiction in the context of coping.

  • Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong - Johann Hari

    This 15-minute TedTalk video from Johann Hari poses challenging questions about why society treats people who use substances the way we do, and if there is be a better way. Johann speaks from his own personal experiences living with family members who struggle with substance use.

  • Stop the harm: A Movement of mothers fighting to save lives and end prohibition - Moms Stop the Harm

    This eight-minute video shares the stories of loss and about how the Moms Stop the Harm movement started. The organization advocates to change drug policies, such as harm reduction and legal regulation.

Free online courses

  • Harm reduction: Mental health and addiction 101 series – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

    This course is offered through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field.

  • Harm reduction 101A: Foundation of harm reduction and Harm reduction 101B: The ins and outs of harm reduction supplies

    These two courses are offered for free through Fraser Health. To register, click on the link or contact a staff person at Family Support Services to help you sign up for the courses. Call Family Support Services at 1-833-898-6200.