Table of Contents
- Resource Packages (Printout & Handouts)
- Hammer Time
- Support Lines
- Overdose Prevention Sites
- Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan
- Drug Checking Services
- Chronic Pain Resources
- Indigenous Specific Resources
- Support Groups
- Online Resources
Resource Packages (Printouts & Handouts)
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 every Thursday: http://www.umbrellasociety.ca/hammer-time/
- 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.
There are multiple OPS sites and supervised consumption sites in the Vancouver region, including:
- Thomus Donaghy Ops 1101 Seymour Street 11am – 10:30pm Every Day
- Mobile Ops Van East 8th Ave Off Commercial Drive 1pm – 7pm Every Day Ops
- Inhalation Tent 99 West Pender Street 12pm – 9pm Monday 8am – 9pm Tuesday-Friday
- Ops 390 Columbia Street 12pm – 9pm Monday 8am – 9pm Tuesday-Friday
- Insite 139 East Hastings 9am – 2am Every Day
- Molson 166 East Hastings (Alley) 7am – 10:30pm Every Day **Open 24 Hours Tue/Wed/Thu Of Cheque Week**
- Vandu 380 East Hastings 10am – 9:30pm Every Day Except Thursday
- Powell Street Getaway 450 East Hastings 9am – 8:30pm Every Day
- Hope To Health 611 Powell Street 9am – 6pm Every Day
- Sisterspace 135 Dunlevy Avenue **Women Only** 6pm – 12pm (18 Hrs) Every Day
- Sister Square Inhalation Tent Jackson & Powell **Women Only** 24/7
- Get Your Drugs Tested 880 East Hastings Street 12pm – 8pm Every Day
- 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.
Drug Checking Services
Mail-in drug testing with Get Your Drugs Tested Vancouver. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request their mailing address and receive instructions on mailing in your sample(s)
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.
- Find an AA meeting here: https://bcyukonaa.org/meetings/
- Find a NA meeting here: https://bcrna.ca/index.php?category=meetings
- Umbrella Society Groups available here https://www.umbrellasociety.ca/program/groups/
- 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 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 BCCSA: RE-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.