Mental health and wellbeing

You’re not alone. Support for mental health, addiction and wellbeing is available for children, youth and adults.

It’s important to get help if you or someone you know needs support for mental health, addiction or wellbeing. Resources, helplines, support groups, websites and counsellors are available to help you.

If you have a pre-existing mental health condition or addiction, it’s important to continue with your treatment. Be aware of new or worsening symptoms and reach out for help and support.



If you have concerns about your safety and well-being, or the safety of others, you can call the Men's HelplineWomen's Helpline or All Genders Helpline. The helplines are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Community resource navigators will connect you with someone who can help or just listen.

Call toll-free: 211


For non-emergency advice and information about mental health and addictions, call 811.

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is available for adults who are going through a difficult time and need someone to text with. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Special support is available for frontline workers

Text NSSTRONG to 741741

Frontline workers: text FRONTLINE to 741741

Good2Talk Nova Scotia

Good2Talk Nova Scotia provides support for university and college students.

Call toll-free: 1-833-292-3698

Text GOOD2TALKNS to 686868

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is a national helpline for young people between the ages of 5 and 20. Confidential and anonymous support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can phone to speak with a trained counsellor. You can also text to reach a trained volunteer crisis responder.

Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line

If you’re experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or are concerned about someone who is, the Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call toll-free: 1-888-429-8167

Services and community resources

Mental health and addictions services

If you or a family member needs help, you can self-refer to a mental health or addictions clinic, service or program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre.

Call toll-free: 1-855-922-1122 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Youth outreach programs

Youth outreach programs provide support like mentoring, referrals, food delivery and counselling.

Grief and bereavement services

Grief and bereavement services are available to the families and friends of patients referred to palliative care.

Online support

First responders’ mental health

Mental health resources for first responders and their families, employers and colleagues.


HealthyMindsNS provides online mental health support for university and college students.


MindWell-U is a free 30-day mindfulness challenge that helps lower stress and improve wellbeing. It takes 5 minutes a day.


PSPNET is a free, confidential therapy program for first responders and others in the public safety field.

Self-care during grief

Advice for how to take care of yourself while you’re grieving.

Therapy Assistance Online

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a free and confidential online resource with interactive activities and videos for people facing mental health challenges. It includes activities on a variety of topics, and you can choose which ones you want to explore.

Wellness Together Canada

Wellness Together Canada can connect you with support, resources and counselling for mental health and substance use.