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Heat Wave August 2017

Heat Wave August 2017

With the thermometer expected to hit record highs in the coming days, several Lower Mainland communities have designated local facilities as cooling centres. bc211 has compiled a list of these and other resources to help get through the 2017 heat wave. If you know of any other […]

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United for BC Wildfire Recovery

United for BC Wildfire Recovery

As fires continue to devastate British Columbia, United Ways across the province are working together and mobilizing their efforts through “United for BC Wildfire Recovery”, a national initiative preparing for the recovery and rebuilding of communities throughout BC. As Kamloops is one of the evacuation centres, United […]

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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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Uniting for the Syrian Refugees

Uniting for the Syrian Refugees

Meeting the Humanitarian Need As the humanitarian crisis caused by the civil war in Syria continues, thousands of Canadians have mobilized to sponsor refugees and help the new arrivals to Canada. Provincial and municipal governments are actively preparing in anticipation, and settlement agencies are gearing up to […]

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Homeless and Street-Involved Youth Survey: A Summary

Homeless and Street-Involved Youth Survey: A Summary

The McCreary Centre Society is a non-government not-for-profit committed to improving the health of BC youth through research, education and community-based projects.  In July 2015, the Society released the findings of its 2014 Homeless and Street-Involved Youth Survey (HSIYS). A total of 681 youth (aged 12-19 years) participated, […]

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Video Profile: Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services

Video Profile: Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services

Today’s post is a video profile of Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services. The video features an interview with Executive Director Shashi Assanand. This is another in our series of videos profiling community-based organizations whose work is making an impact in the community. The videos highlight […]

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