Dataset Mental Health

Mental Health 
Data Provider (source):

BC Ministry of Health


The Mental Health data set contains administrative data in several files that were created using tables in the Mental Health Data Warehouse (MHDW). The mental health data we have are the Minimum Reporting Requirement (MRR) tables from the MHDW at the Ministry of Health Services. The MRR is now the requirement for all HAs in reporting on all patient/clients receiving mental health services in the community. The mental health data are a snapshot from a continuously updated relational database system with files such as client, care episodes, and service events. Project-specific ‘care episode keys' are provided unless otherwise authorized. This allows the grouping of service records within a single care episode.

To provide information on mental health-related care episodes and service events in BC.  
Type of Data (select all that apply):
Health Care and Health Services 
Data Collection Method (select all that apply):
Individual Level Data 
Identifiers used for linkage:
Personal Health Number, First Name, GivenName, Date of birth, Gender, Postal Code 
Access requiredments and conditions for Researchers and Projects:

Access Requirements and Conditions for the Researcher:

  • Details on the requirements for data access via PopData BC are available here:

Access Requirements and Conditions for the Research Project:

Access Process:

Population Data BC’s Data Access Unit:  

Only Care Episodes and Service Events with a ‘first contact date' greater than or equal to April 1, 1986 are included in the data.


Any ongoing care episodes starting prior to April 1, 1986 and continuing for any period afterwards are not included in the data. Also the Service Events associated with these ongoing Care Episodes are not included in the data.

Data is available from:
April 1, 1986 
More Information (including references):

information on data changes over time, quality/accuracy/field coding source and other additional information is available on PopData’s website:

[2019-02-07 09:34] Sarah Kesselring: Edited by Sarah Kesselring (skesselring)