The B.C. government said it working on developing 24/7 mental health support for students. (Pexels).

The B.C. government said it working on developing 24/7 mental health support for students. (Pexels).

The B.C. government is working on developing a virtual mental health counselling, information and referral service for post-secondary students of all ages across the province.

The provincial government said the service would include phone, online chat, text and email at all hours.

A notice of planned procurement has been posted to BC Bid, advising of plans to develop a 24/7 mental health and substance-use counselling and referral service. A competitive process will be posted shortly, according to the provincial government.

“Adjusting to a new environment, learning to balance classes with new jobs, new friendships and relationships can be challenging for students who may be living away from home for the first time, far from friends and family,” Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, said in a release.

“Whether mild or severe, mental-health concerns are very real among post-secondary students who have been calling for action to this important issue on- and off-campus. That’s why our government is working to develop a mental-health service that is available to students around the clock, provincewide.”

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