Mental Health and Addictions
Mental Health and Addictions is a B.C. provincial government funded resource that is a division of Vancouver Island Health Authority. They offer support for adults who struggle with mental illness and/or substance abuse/dependence. Contact their website to learn more about the services and programs that are available through this ministry.
John Howard Society
For youth with addiction issues only contact John Howard Society located at 1455 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay, phone (250) 338-7341. John Howard provides alcohol and drug counselling, assessment, group therapy, and family counselling. John Howard also provides early intervention/prevention school-based counselling for School District #71. Hours are 8:30 to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
The Comox Valley Boys and Girls Club offers parenting classes and parent self-help groups for parents of children of varying ages. The cost for services is limited to the cost of materials which is very minimal (and subsidies are available to cover these costs when necessary).
Vancouver Island Crisis Line
Do you need support? Are you upset, overwhelmed, frustrated or grieving? Would it help to talk to someone about a difficult decision you have to make? Do you need support in coping with a mental illness or chronic pain? Does your own, or someone else’s addiction cause stress in your life? Is your pain so bad that you sometimes think of suicide?
The Vancouver Island Crisis Line is available 7 nights/week 6 to 10 pm.