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bc211 Contributes to Emergency Preparedness

bc211 Contributes to Emergency Preparedness

bc211 has stepped up during past wildfire and flood seasons, providing valuable information to citizens in crisis. Emergency Preparedness Week As part of Emergency Preparedness Week, taking place May 5 to 11, 2019, the government is encouraging British Columbians to prepare and plan for all types of […]

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Make the Right Call on 211 Day or Try the New Mobile Site

Make the Right Call on 211 Day or Try the New Mobile Site

February 11 is 211 Day across North America. 211 is a free, up-to-date, reliable gateway to community, social, non-clinical health, and government services. In regional districts of Metro Vancouver, Squamish-Lillooet, Sunshine Coast, and Fraser Valley, as well as on Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands, free, confidential help […]

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bc211: Helping Seniors on the Move

bc211: Helping Seniors on the Move

Since June 2018, bc211 has provided expanded Seniors Transportation Information as part of its phone services. Developed in partnership with Seniors on the Move, this expanded service lets seniors in Metro Vancouver phone 2-1-1 any time of day to get information on transportation options such as transit, […]

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5 ways to help senior friends and family this winter

5 ways to help senior friends and family this winter

bc211.ca offers community connections for all ages, throughout BC For many families, winter is a time of busy calendars, holiday celebrations and sunny getaways. For seniors, however, the exact opposite is often true. That, paired with cold temperatures, decreased mobility and limited incomes can result in isolation […]

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bc211 Phone and Text Launches on Vancouver Island

bc211 Phone and Text Launches on Vancouver Island

On September 18th, 211 phone and text service officially launched on Vancouver Island at the United Way Greater Victoria 2017 campaign kick-off event. bc211 offers a confidential telephone, texting and online referral service connecting individuals to hundreds of community, social and government services. 211 is a free […]

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United Way and bc211 Bring Provincial Access to Services

United Way and bc211 Bring Provincial Access to Services

There are hundreds of programs and services available across the province to help people with a wide variety of issues. These include services specifically designed to help seniors or those caring for them; programs for parents, children and youth; services for people dealing with addictions; and help […]

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bc211 to Bring Service Province-Wide

bc211 to Bring Service Province-Wide

Thousands of Programs and Services Just a Click Away as United Ways Prepare to Bring bc211 Online Services to the Entire Province bc211 provides a gateway to community, social, non-clinical health, and government services. Currently, only people in the regional districts of Metro Vancouver, Squamish-Lillooet, Sunshine Coast, […]

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The Fentanyl Crisis: a Year in Review

The Fentanyl Crisis: a Year in Review

  According to BC Coroners’ Service, in 2016 there were 914 apparent illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia. This is a 79.2% increase in the number of overdose deaths compared to 2015. Fentanyl appears to account largely for this increase, as the number of overdose deaths […]

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The Path from Home: Youth Homelessness in Metro Vancouver

The Path from Home: Youth Homelessness in Metro Vancouver

Who are the homeless youth in Metro Vancouver, and how did they come to end up on our streets, in our shelters, or living transiently in crowded or unsafe conditions? Perhaps they are among the 4,000 children and youth reported as having run away in 2011. Perhaps […]

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Standing with Refugees

Standing with Refugees

World Refugee Day is held each year on June 20th to draw public attention to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution. The annual commemoration is marked by a variety of […]

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The Economic Cost of Mental Illness

The Economic Cost of Mental Illness

May 2nd to 8th marked the 65th annual Mental Health Week, championed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and supported by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and mental health organizations across the country. Organizers asked Canadians to GET LOUD and raise their voices to […]

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We Can All Help Prevent Violence Against Women

We Can All Help Prevent Violence Against Women

Statistics and Prevention of Violence Against Women This week is Prevention of Violence Against Women week. Despite the many gains Canada has made towards creating equality between men and women, statistics on violence against women in Canada remind us that we still have a ways to go […]

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Detox: A Youth Worker’s Perspective

Detox: A Youth Worker’s Perspective

This week’s guest blog submission is from a Youth Worker at Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s youth detox. She describes her role, and shares some of her experiences, challenges, and rewards as a youth worker. I am a Youth Worker at Directions Youth Detox, one of Family […]

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Stand Up Against Bullying

Stand Up Against Bullying

Bullying is a form of aggression where there is a power imbalance; the person doing the bullying has power over the person being victimized. Power can come in many forms and can include attributes such as physical size, age, and social standing. Bullying is an intentional act […]

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Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Men

Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Men

Men are often cited as having lower instances of depression than women yet this is partially a result of men’s’ tendencies to deny illness, self-medicate, and avoid seeing professionals. The truth is men get depressed – it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a fact. Depression affects […]

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It’s 211 Day: Let the Bells Ring Out and the Banners Fly!!

It’s 211 Day: Let the Bells Ring Out and the Banners Fly!!

February 11th is 211 Day. 211 service in BC  launched in 2010, and as we move into our sixth year, 211 Day gives us an opportunity blow out a few candles and to reflect on where we came from, and where we are heading. But first… What is […]

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa kill an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Canadians per year. These deaths are often the result of life-threatening medical complications, and suicide among people with eating disorders. Death certificates often do not record eating disorders as the cause of death, thus hiding the […]

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bc211 Text Messaging Service: Happy First Birthday!

bc211 Text Messaging Service: Happy First Birthday!

On February 2, 2015, bc211 launched its texting service, enabling residents of the Lower Mainland to access bc211 services simply by texting 2-1-1 from their mobile devices. Accessing free information and referral regarding community, government and social services in Metro Vancouver now no longer requires a phone […]

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Borderline Personality Disorder and the Loved Ones Who Care

Borderline Personality Disorder and the Loved Ones Who Care

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a pervasive mental illness characterized by intensely-felt emotions including persistent suicidality, self-harming behaviours and emotional outbursts. While more prevalent in women, like most mental illnesses it doesn’t discriminate, and without treatment, BPD can leave a trail of destruction through the lives of […]

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Richmond Community Profile by the United Way of the Lower Mainland

Richmond Community Profile by the United Way of the Lower Mainland

bc211 partnered with United Way of the Lower Mainland to support the development of a Richmond Community Profile, a comprehensive report released December 15th 2015. The Community Profile breaks down population, economic and social statistics in 14 Richmond neighbourhoods and shows that Richmond’s population has grown by […]

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