Get help when you need it. Mental health and addictions issues can be easier to treat with early intervention.
Find mental health and addictions services close to home. Community treatment is often the best treatment.
Learn more about community supports for children and young adults.
Learn more about supports and resources available for adults and seniors in Nova Scotia.
Get Help Early
Programs like Strongest Families help parents and children create healthy relationships and homes by addressing behavioural and anxiety issues. This program and others like the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention program for young children on the autism spectrum are available province-wide.
Calling 811 offers access to non-emergency health information and services available in communities across the province through registered nurses. By calling 811, you can also connect to the Mental Health Crisis Line, the Gambling Support Network and more supports.
Learn how to assess either a family member’s state of mental health or your own, while finding the supports you need. Our Healthy Minds offers online mental health community resources for individuals and caregivers searching for information and supports.
Advocating on behalf of patients and families to improve the odds for a successful outcome, Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) is a multidisciplinary, evidence-based program. NSEPP promotes early detection and optimal, timely healthcare for people at risk for, or experiencing, a first episode of psychosis.
This National Anti-Drug Strategy website helps parents talk about substance use with teens.
Jack.org is a national network of young leaders transforming how Canadians think about mental health. Visit their website to find out how to get involved in your community.
ISANS helps immigrants settle and offers orientation to living in Nova Scotia. This organization also offers crisis intervention services while working closely with health service providers to build better access to culturally sensitive services for immigrants.
Pride Health is a directory that provides information on health and wellness service providers and organizations (including complementary and alternative healthcare) that have self identified as providing competent, knowledgeable, respectful and welcoming care for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer.
Seek Help in Your Community
The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team provides intervention and short-term crisis management for children, youth and adults. Offering telephone intervention across Nova Scotia and mobile response in most communities across the Halifax Regional Municipality, this collaborative team works closely with 811 and 911 connecting people to community treatment support, resources and treatment.
Community Mental Health Clinics
There are many mental health community/outpatient services across the province for children, youth and adults. Community Mental Health Teams work with community partners, family physicians, schools, and other community agencies to help individuals manage their mental health.
Colchester East Hants
Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties
Guysborough Antigonish Strait (Mental Health Services)
Guysborough Antigonish Strait (Addictions Services)
Lunenburg and Queens Counties
Three Community Mental Health and Addictions (CMHA) clinics, located in Halifax, Sackville and Dartmouth help children, youth (up to 19 years of age) and their families who are experiencing all types of mental health and addictions problems.
The IWK’s Central Referral service can help determine whether the CMHA clinics offer the right type of support for individual situations.
The Mood Disorders Clinic provides consultation regarding primary and severe mood disorders to practicing psychiatrists in Nova Scotia. The clinic also offers treatment recommendations to family physicians for patients with possible Bipolar I Disorder and those with a family history.
Over 4,000 community and social services available across the province are just a phone call or mouse click away.
The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones “by changing the way people think,” and increasing access to education and awareness. This includes providing community grants to organizations delivering support across the province.
The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia works to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, influencing public policy, and research.
The Self Help Connection is a registered charitable organization that helps Nova Scotian’s take control of their health by enhancing their knowledge, skills and resources for individual and collective action.
The Healthy Minds Cooperative is an innovative new health care cooperative that provides peer-based services to users of mental health services and their families.
The Association is a support group and professional development resource for African Canadian workers in related fields who exchange ideas, offer services and develop programs in the interest of the Black Community and the community at large.
Réseau Santé works collaboratively with the health care system and professionals, advocating for language as a key component of quality health care. The organization has produced the Guide santé mentale et dépendances Novelle-Écosse, which describes, in French, mental health, mental illness and addictions and outlines the services available throughout the province.
As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. Each year, direct service is provided to more than 100,000 Canadians through the efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff in over 120 communities. The NS Division is in Dartmouth and there are seven branches across the province.
Find Help for Youth
If you, a friend, peer or sibling have been involved in a self/peer (otherwise known as "sexting") exploitation incident NeedHelpNow.ca is here.
Toll-Free, call 1-800-668-6868 Kids Help Phone is a free, anonymous and confidential phone and on-line professional counseling service for youth. With big or small concerns, call 24/7, 365 days a year.
SchoolsPlus supports children and their families through their school with an array of clinicians.
TeenMentalHealth.org provides information about how to care for your own mental health and offers resources for youth, parents, friends, health professionals and educators.
Laing House is a peer support organization for youth living with mental illness.
This non-profit charitable organization is dedicated to providing support and services to youth, 25 and under, around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. It provides a variety of programs and services including support groups, referrals, supportive counselling, educational workshops, social activities and leadership opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and all youth.
The Strongest Families program helps parents and children create healthy relationships and homes by addressing behavioural and anxiety issues.
The IWK Health Centre offers help, resources and programs across the province for a number of mental health concerns for youth up to 19 years of age.
Connect with Help for Adults
Find a map of available resources for domestic violence victims in Nova Scotia on this helpful website.
The Avalon Centre provides services for those affected by sexual violence, with support, education, counseling and leadership/advocacy services for women.
Informed by the most recent and best available scientific research and evidence, Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines help Canadian’s moderate their alcohol consumption, as well as reduce short and long-term alcohol-related harm.
The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia provides information, resources, education and support to those living with the disease and their caregivers. An Infoline is available for ongoing support at 1-800-611-6345.