Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
No matter what stage you are at in life, staying active is an essential part of your physical and mental health. Living an active lifestyle has benefits for all areas of your wellbeing.
Being active can allow you to sleep more soundly, deal with stress more easily, and handle day-to-day activities more comfortably. Physical activity can boost energy levels, reduces blood pressure, helps to maintain a healthy weight, and can help with depression and anxiety.
Maintaining an active lifestyle looks different for everyone. There are many ways you can add physical activity to your lifestyle, no matter your age, activity level, or ability. Taking small, reasonable steps each day can help you get started, such as choosing fun ways to stay active that you enjoy.
This can include things like walking with a friend, connecting in nature with others, or exploring your neighbourhood. If you like the activity you’ve chosen, you may be more likely to stay motivated. Find more ways to stay interested in being active.
Did you know you can talk to a qualified exercise professional for free in B.C.? If you have questions about physical activity or exercise, call 8-1-1 (or 7-1-1 for the deaf and heard of hearing) to learn more.
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HealthLink BC (8-1-1)
Free, reliable non-emergency health information and advice available by phone (8-1-1), online, or mobile app.
Free, reliable non-emergency health information and advice available by phone, online, or mobile app.
Get the health information you need to make decisions for yourself and those you care for. Information is available anywhere in B.C., any time of the day or night, every day of the year, online or by phone.
Visit HealthLinkBC or call 8-1-1 to speak with a health service navigator, who can also connect you with a:
Registered nurse any time, every day of the year
Registered dietitian from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Qualified exercise professional from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Pharmacist from 5 pm to 9 am every day of the year
Translation services are available in more than 130 languages. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired, you can call 8-1-1 using Video Relay Services (VRS) or Teletypewriter (TTY) – learn more.
This free, anonymous self-assessment tool helps you understand how you are feeling and reflect on your mental, physical and social well-being.
In a dozen questions, the Mental Health Check-in will ask you about sleep, eating, stress, mood, substance use, social support, and thoughts of harming yourself. It is anonymous and there is no right or wrong answer.
It is not a clinical test; if you think you might have a mental illness, talk with a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health professional, call 8-1-1.
The Mental Health Check-in is available in English, French and Traditional Chinese. It is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for all, as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
bc211 is a free, confidential information service that helps you find community, government and social services in B.C.
Search online for programs and services that cover everything from mental health services and financial assistance to food banks and emergency shelters.
Phone: bc211 provides support by phone in over 150 languages across B.C, available 24 hours, seven day a week. Access for the deaf or hard of hearing community available at 1-604 875-0885.
Text: Text the name of your city to 2-1-1 in Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Squamish-Lillooet, Sunshine Coast Regional Districts, Vancouver Island, or the Gulf Islands to chat with an Information & Referral Specialist, seven days a week between 8am to 11pm.
Chat: Available from anywhere in B.C. through web chat between 8am to 11pm, seven days a week.
bc211 is provided by 211 British Columbia Services Society.