The Heads Together Think Tank Event

The Heads Together Think Tank was an initiative of the Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses. This project was British Columbia’s opportunity for conversation and collaboration on meeting the needs of people through improved services for mental health, addictions, and brain injury.

It was broken down into 4 parts:



Real People – Real Stories

Real Conversations in search of Real Solutions

The experiences of individuals and families in British Columbia who are living with the implications of mental health, addictions, and a brain injury is the foundation of this project. Register today to hear their insightful stories and join in the conversation to collaborate on what’s needed to improve services for a better life.

Rehabilitation & Community Supports

Exploring concrete steps for integrating services to serve mental health, addictions, and brain injury in our communities. 

Everyone deserves to have a sense of belonging in their community. People living with mental health issues, addictions, and/or a brain injury often feel disconnected from loved ones, family, friends, and the community-at-large. We know they do better when the services needed are accessible, equitable, client-centered, wellness focused, culturally safe, diversified, and flexible. Too often, however, the services are siloed and a person and their family are challenged to navigate a fragmented system. In some instances, the system feels non-existent. 

Research and Prevention

*NEW* Best practices Canada-wide to address the intersections of Mental Health, Addiction & Brain Injury

Hear first-hand the recent Canada-wide environmental scan of identified best practices to serve individuals who are living with a brain injury and who are also experiencing mental health and/or addiction challenges. Our voices are needed to determine how research and prevention can be a part of the solution.

Reinforcing Communities

Bringing innovation from different areas of the province to one place for sharing, review, and expansion.

The increased number of brain injuries resulting from overdoses is concerning. These individuals are often younger and may require a higher level of care. Communities need to be able to respond.

People are able to do the work of healing when the community they live in is strong and can provide the services they need. In turn, the more a person thrives, so too, will the community.

This event opened the conversation on what is needed to strengthen communities on all levels to address the intersections of mental health, addictions, and brain injury with the development of an integrated provincial service delivery plan which considers disparities between the quality, options, and accessibility of services and supports across the health authorities.


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