Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:

wwww.islandhealth.ca

and a new website for medical staff:

medicalstaff.islandhealth.ca

Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.

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Crisis Services

Child Youth and Family Mental Health

We provide the following urgent and crisis services for children and youth experiencing serious emotional, behavioural or psychiatric difficulties.

Vancouver Island Crisis Line call 1-888-494-3888

Anyone can call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for risk management triage, support and referral. This contracted service maintains a database of support services available throughout Vancouver Island.

South Island Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team (IMCRT)

Families and community members may access this team by calling the Vancouver Island Crisis line at 1-888-494-3888.

IMCRT is a collaboration between CYFMHS, Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services and Greater Victoria police forces. Mental health clinicians work alongside social workers, nurse and plain clothes police officers to provide a rapid, mobile and community-based response to children youth and families in crisis. Read more about IMCRT.

South Island Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI)

Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) services focus on early recognition and intervention for children, youth and young adults who appear to be experiencing a decline in function related to possible early psychosis. Treatment is most effective when it is started early. Anyone in the community may refer to this program. Read more about Early Psychosis Intervention.

South Island Urgent Psychiatric Consult (UPC)

Crisis nurses, physicians and mental health clinicians may refer to this specialized service for children and youth up to and including age 16 who would benefit from a one-time psychiatric evaluation. Read more about Urgent Psychiatric Consult.

Central Island Access Services at Brooks Landing

Access Services provides crisis response and emergency services, crisis counselling and connects to appropriate Mental Health and Addiction Services programs, hospital and/or community treatment and recovery services for all age groups. Read more about Central Island Access/Crisis Services.