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Visions Journal

Since 1997, Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Substance Use Journal has been a leading resource for British Columbians who experience mental illness or substance use problems, support a loved one, or work as professionals or advocates in the field. Visions brings together research, personal experiences and innovative programs in articles that reflect diverse communities and points of view.

Visions is produced by the Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division (CMHA BC) and co-led by Anxiety Canada and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) on behalf of the seven agencies that make up the BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information: Anxiety Canada, the BC Schizophrenia Society, CMHA BC, CISUR, FamilySmart, Jessie's Legacy, and the Mood Disorders Association of BC/Lookout Health and Housing Society. Funding for Visions is provided by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

An expanded editorial board

Editorial board members shape the topic and direction for each issue of Visions during engaging brainstorming meetings. The editorial board is composed of representatives from members of the BC Partners, plus a topic-specific guest editor(s).

The editorial board also includes external members to better reflect diverse communities and points of view. External members sit alongside current editorial board members and contribute ideas, knowledge and experiences as we work together to educate, enlighten, inspire, and spark conversations about well-being and empowerment. Some of our members two-year terms are now up so we are seeking new members.

In order to represent all British Columbians, we are seeking diverse members including those who belong to marginalized communities and/or identities. We are also seeking members who have strong networks with people on the Island, Interior or North. Finally, we are seeking members who have lived or professional experience with substance use. 

Active participation on the editorial board involves:

  • Suggesting specific areas of focus based on the issue theme
  • Suggesting topic-specific guest editors to join each issue
  • Identifying possible people, programs, research, innovations or topics to feature in Visions
  • Identifying possible writers or contributors for Visions*
  • Attending at least 2 of 4 annual editorial board meetings, held during working hours**

*Being on the Editorial Board does not mean you have to write articles for Visions, but it does mean you would help us identify people we could invite to write.

**There are three editorial board meetings per year, each lasting around 90 minutes and meetings are taking place virtually. 

  • Experience related to working and/or volunteering in mental health or substance use fields
  • Membership and connection to various mental health or substance use networks, such as professional associations, boards, inter-agency committees, communities of practice etc. 
  • Connections to networks throughout British Columbia
  • Lived experience with mental health or substance use is always an asset, but is not a requirement (as we do have lots of members already who bring lived experience to their role)

We encourage applications from persons with disabilities; people who are Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour; people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and those who may contribute to our diversity.  

*Please note that you do not need to meet all the qualification in order to apply, we welcome applications from all those who are interested. 


Editorial board terms are one year. A member’s term may be renewed for one additional year.

Compensation and Benefits

There are many benefits to joining the Editorial Board:

  • Receiving a $100 honorarium per year, after your participation in 2 of 3 issues has been completed
  • Shaping a publication that is read by more than 24,000 people in print, and thousands more over email and online 
  • Sharing new perspectives and profiling new or lesser-known resources and programs
  • Connecting and networking with representatives of the seven provincial mental health and addictions agencies behind Visions
  • Learning from the experience of amazing issue-specific guest editors
  • Having your name printed in the masthead of each issue and on the’s Visions page
  • Getting more free copies of Visions, if requested, to share with your networks

For more information, see our Visions Editorial Board Terms of Reference.

How to apply

Click on the link below to fill out the application form. 

Visions Editorial Board Application Form 

Your answers may be shared with other members of the editorial board for purposes of candidate selection but are otherwise confidential and will not be made public. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Application deadline: May 1, 2023

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