Southern Interior Resources

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Resource Packages (Printouts & Handouts)

Pain Brochure 5-Fold (Custom Print, contact us for more details)

Kelowna & Area Resource Guide 5-Fold (Custom Print, contact us for more details)

Penticton Resource Guide Tri-Fold (Printable)

Kamloops Resource Guide Tri-Fold (Printable)

Kootenay & Area Resource Guide Tri-Fold (Printable)

Thompson & Cariboo Resource Guide Tri-Fold (Printable)

Hammer Time Poster ( 8.5 x 11″ | Printable)

Hammer Time Rack Card (9×4″ | Printable)

Hammer Time Business Card 

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If you’d like us to send you physical copies of any of our resources, contact the regional coordinator for your area.

Hammer Time

The life of a construction worker isn’t for everyone, and most people don’t get it. That’s why we have created a space to talk about substance use with others in our industry: Hammer Time.

Hammer Time is a social support group (there’s no religious component, it’s not a 12 step program, and you don’t have to be sober to participate) being delivered in a partnership between VICA and the Umbrella Society.

Hammer Time happens on Zoom every Thursday from 7-8 PM and is facilitated by 2 Umbrella Society staff who have lived experience of working in the construction industry and substance use.

Join us this Thursday: www.umbrellasociety.ca/hammer-time

Support Lines

  • KUU-US Crisis Line 1-800-588-8717
  • BC Drug and Alcohol Line 1-800-663-1441
  • BC Mental Health and Addiction Info Line 1-800-661-2121 (9-4 M-F)
  • PainBC’s Pain Support Line 1-844-880-7246

Overdose Prevention Sites

Overdose Prevention Sites or Supervised Consumption Sites operate under exemptions from federal drug laws and allow clients to use illicit drugs without persecution. Overdose prevention sites are staffed by nurses, peers, and outreach staff who are ready to respond in the case of an overdose and can offer fentanyl screening of a client’s drug before use. They are also amazing resources for support and referral to other services. There has never been an overdose death at an overdose prevention site.

Interior Health Region OPS Sites
  • Interior Health Outreach Urban Health Centre | 1649 Pandosy St., Kelowna | Open 7 days a week, 11:00 AM to 9:15 PM | 250-212-6371
  • The Bridge Services, Mobile Outreach Overdose | Prevention Safe Consumption Site | Phone ahead for location 250-258-4938 | Open 7 days a week from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • ASK Wellness Society | 433 Tranquille Rd., Kamloops | Open 7days a week, 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • Vernon Downtown Mental Health & Substance Use | 3306A 32nd Ave. | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday to Friday | 250-503-3737
  • Martin St Outreach Centre | 117-437 Martin St., Penticton | 250-770-3697 | Monday- Friday 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • P+OPS, mobile safe consumption site | Open Friday and Saturday 7:00 PM until midnight | 778-559-2603
  • ANKORS Office, 101 Baker St., Nelson| Call 250-505-5506 or Email: information@ankors.bc.ca
  • The Hub, Nelson Cares, 521 Vernon St., Nelson | Phone: 250-352-6011 ext 526
  • The Lifeguard App uses an alarm/snooze method to check in with you and will call emergency medical services if you become unresponsive.  https://lifeguarddh.com/
  • The Brave App connects you with a peer who can call an emergency contact of your choice or emergency services if you become unresponsive.  https://www.brave.coop
  • The National Overdose Response Service is a phone line that connects you with a peer volunteer who can wait on the line and call help for you if needed.  https://www.nors.ca/

BC Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan

This in-depth service may be available to unionized members of our Industry. Please consult with your union to determine if you qualify.

CIRP was founded in the mid 1980s in response to a growing need to provide services to men and women in the construction industry with substance use issues. 

https://www.constructionrehabplan.com/

Drug Checking Services

Mail-in drug testing with Get Your Drugs Tested Vancouver. Contact gydt.info@gmail.com to request their mailing address and receive instructions on mailing in your sample(s)

  • Living Positive | 255 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna | M-F 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | 778-753-5830
  • Interior Health Outreach Urban Health Centre | 1649 Pandosy St., Kelowna | Open 7 days a week, 11am to 9:15pm | 250-212-6371
  • The Bridge Outreach | Kelowna, 7 days a week, 12:00 PM to 8:30 pm – call for location: 250-258-4938
  • KANDU | 2438 Main Street, West Kelowna | Monday & Wednesday 10:30 AM -3:30 PM | 778-594-1716 or email kanduoutreach2020@gmail.com
  • Cammy LaFleur Outreach Program | 2800 33rd Street, Vernon | Checking done Tuesdays 1:00PM – 3:00PM | 250-545-3572
  • Vernon Downtown Mental Health & Substance Use | 3306A 32nd Ave., | 250-503-3737
  • ASK Wellness | 433 Tranquille Rd., Kamloops | Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Lillooet Mental Health & Substance Use | 951 Murray St., Lillooet | 250-256-1623 Open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • ASK Wellness | 2196 Quilchena Ave. Merritt | Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM | 250-315-0098
  • Nicola Valley Shelter and Support Society | 2350 Voght St., Merritt | Open 24/7 | 250-315-0155

Chronic Pain

Indigenous Specific Resources

Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention by phone or online chat. Call toll-free 1-855-242-3310 or start a confidential chat with a counsellor at hopeforwellness.ca .

Unbroken Chain Indigenous Harm Reduction — Created in 2018 in response to the declaration of the public health crisis in British Columbia of the overdose epidemic, sponsored by First Nations Health Authority. Currently, our programming provides support to individuals impacted by the overdose crisis, including people with lived and living experience, family and friends, youth, and those who are at risk of homelessness and are experiencing homelessness.

Indian Residential School Crisis Line is a national service for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience. Call toll-free 1-866-925-4419.

Métis Crisis Line is a service of Métis Nation British Columbia. Call 1-833-MétisBC (1-833-638-4722).

Kuu-Us Crisis Line Society provides crisis services for Indigenous people across BC. Adults/Elders line 250-723-4050; youth line 250-723-2040. Or call toll-free 1-800-588-8717. Learn more at www.kuu-uscrisisline.com.

First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day provides virtual health care and referral support for people who do not have a doctor or are unable to get an appointment. It is for all First Nations people living in BC and their family members, including family members who are not Indigenous. Doctors are also able to provide a referral for virtual substance use and psychiatry services. Doctors are available by video or phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. Call 1-855-344-3800 to book an appointment. Learn more at fnha.ca/virtualdoctor.

Support Groups

Online Resources

  • Building Hope: Substance Use in the Trades: Building Hope: Substance Use in the Trades is a film where four men with experience in the construction industry and trades, as well as their own experiences with substance use speak to their fellow tradespeople about how to stay safer in the overdose era. 
  • Moms Stop The Harm: Holding Hope Support Groups | Holding Hope Groups are peer-led support groups, offered at no cost, to families with loved ones living with addiction (substance use disorder) across Canada.
  • Moms Stop The Harm: Healing Hearts Grief Support Groups | Healing Hearts is a free bereavement support group specific to those grieving the loss of a loved one due to overdose or substance-use related harms.
  • BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services: Provides a range of specialized mental health and substance BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services: Provides a range of specialized mental health and substance use services for adults across the province. 
  • HeadsUpGuys: An online resource that supports men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success. 
  • HeretoHelp: Provides information related to mental health and substance use. The website includes personal stories, self-help resources, and information about getting help now. 
  • MindHealthBC: Provides easy access to information and resources related to mental health and substance use conditions. 
  • Re-Mind BCCSARE-MIND is a collaboration between the BCCSA and Work to Wellness Rehabilitation Inc. to improve construction worker’s access to mental health information and services. The project includes the information on this website and The Lone Hunter video and resources.
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