The Government of British Columbia has launched Here2Talk, a mental health counselling and referral service for postsecondary students. The 24/7 service provides students who are dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, and relationship issues with confidential, free, single-session service by app, phone, or online chat. “Students advocated for years to fill the gap in available mental-health counselling services in British Columbia,” said BC Minister of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training Melanie Mark. “With the advent of COVID-19 and the increased stress it puts on students, we doubled down to get students the supports they so desperately need.” CBC reports that BC is spending $1.5M per year on the service.


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