Understanding mental health and substance use issues and how to get help can be hard for anyone, but it can sometimes be even more difficult to talk about in some cultural communities. That's why, since 2005, we've been translating several of our fact sheets for the benefit of people whose primary language isn't English.
On this page, family and friends and community service providers will be able to easily download these PDFs, organized by language below. These fact sheets were developed and tested through a community process to make sure the translations are accurate as well as sensitive.
Our special thanks to BC Mental Health and Addiction Services' Translation Project. The translation project was made possible thanks to the support of the Provincial Health Services Authority's (PHSA) Provincial Language Service and generous funding from the PHSA and corporate sponsors.
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Arabic | all in one PDF (1.96 MB)
All in one PDFs: mental health (12 Mb) | substance use (11 Mb) | child and youth (7 Mb)
All in one PDFs: mental health (15 Mb) | substance use (13 Mb) | child and youth (9 Mb)
English | all in one PDF (2.9 Mb)
Note: Several translated factsheets are based on the above all-in-one pdf file, which is out of date. For more recent English primers, visit the link directly below.
Farsi (Persian)/Dari | all in one PDF (1 Mb)
French | all in one PDF (3.5 Mb)
Korean | all in one PDF (2 Mb)
Punjabi | all in one PDF (11Mb)
Bipolar Disorder - see:
Russian | all in one PDF (1.2 Mb)
Spanish | all in one PDF (651 Kb)
Japanese | all in one PDF (3.1 Mb)