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Twenty years after its launch, HeretoHelp continues to be an important source of knowledge on mental health and substance use education for British Columbians—and beyond. People accessed the site more than three million times last year. The website also helps people navigate BC’s mental health and substance use systems. Staff and volunteers responded nearly 1,500 individual requests for help or referrals in 2022/23.
The BC Partners use responsive evaluation to improve our work: we learn what people think and feel about our resources and how to make our resources more useful. Based on what we have learned, we are currently improving the site user experience, including making substance use resources more prominent. Visitor survey respondents primarily used information to help themselves, followed by help for family members or patients/clients. Practical Wellness Modules and general mental health information were the most accessed HeretoHelp resources. Workbooks, such as You and Substance Use and the Safer Use series, were the most popular substance use resources. Visitors generally found the website easy to navigate and valued its accurate information.
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The Jessie’s Legacy website equips BC youth, parents, educators and professionals with evidence-based resources to prevent eating disorders and disordered eating and address body image concerns. Newly created content last year included articles on body neutrality, social media influencers and diet trends, plus a new resource for educators on promoting positive body image. Visitors accessed the site over 57,000 times last year. Jessie’s Legacy staff and volunteers helped over 1,200 people with support, information and referrals to services across BC.
The BC Partners recognize the intimacy and power of podcasting in today’s media landscape. That’s why the Partners support the development and promotion of two podcast series:
OurAnxietyStories and Look again: Mental illness re-examined. These digital resources are free, easy to enjoy anytime, anywhere, and cover a wide range of mental health topics, appealing to British Columbians with lived experience, as well as those who are looking to support their loved ones.
People from all walks of life share their experiences with anxiety on #OurAnxietyStories. The podcast received close to 8,400 listens in 2022/23. Recent story themes included anxiety co-existing with other conditions, trauma, anxiety in a resource-industry worker and group therapy. After four seasons, evaluation shows that listeners feel they learned more about anxiety and feel less alone—especially important, as anxiety can be a very isolating journey.
Look again: Mental illness re-examined
Look again: Mental illness re-examined explores the reality of serious mental illnesses like psychotic disorders and our shared role in helping those who live with them lead the most productive lives possible. The podcast, which features interviews with medical experts, families and people with lived experience of mental illness, offers insights and dispels myths. In 2022/23, Season Three touched on hot-button issues like racism, gender, medications and violence, achieving more than 25,000 listens. Listeners appreciated how the podcast raised diversity as a topic and would like to hear even more from people from diverse backgrounds. Listeners, including people who enjoy visual learning and people with hearing disabilities, also valued access to transcripts.