NORTH VANCOUVER – Students at B.C. public and post-secondary institutions, including Capilano University, will have access to additional supports to address substance use thanks to a $400,000 investment for a project co-led by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division.

The Changing the Culture of Substance Use project is currently being implemented at 11 public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia. Project researchers are working with these institutions to create a wide range of resources and strategies, which will engage key groups such as student leaders, students in residence and those in their first year.

Capilano University will use its share of the funding to engage students and campus stakeholders to promote a healthier campus environment. Funding will also support the creation of a short film documenting responses to the question, “What makes a healthy campus community?”

This investment aligns with the provincial government’s 10-year mental health and substance use plan, Healthy Minds, Healthy People, which focuses on prevention, early intervention, treatment and sustainability of mental health and substance use supports. The announcement meets a commitment within the plan to provide more substance use initiatives across the province.

The Province also offers Alcohol Sense, a comprehensive suite of online resources to help parents educate and guide their children to make healthy decisions about alcohol through critical thinking and conversation. To learn more, visit www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/topic/alcohol-sense.