Toll-Free Line Available for Personal Assistance

Department of Health (To Jan. 11)

September 10, 1998 5:00 PM

Any Nova Scotia residents who have been involved in any aspect of
the Swissair Flight 111 tragedy can call toll-free 1-877-806-2895
starting tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 11) at 8 a.m. if they require
personal assistance in dealing with the tragedy.

"The 1-877 line is an organized effort to ensure people who don't
have easy access to counselling or other services know that there
are support services available to them," said Bob St. Laurent,
executive director, Integrated Services Delivery Branch,
Department of Health.

"Fishermen, hotel, airport and restaurant staff, media, residents
of Peggy's Cove, and the surrounding area, and all others who
were and continue to be affected by the search and recovery
efforts are encouraged to call 1-877-806-2895 for counselling."

The toll-free resource line will be open 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Callers who want to have the opportunity to speak
about their personal involvement in the recent disaster and
discuss any of their concerns or anxieties will be referred to
the appropriate agency or service in their community.

This is an initiative of the Operations Centre organized by the
provincial Departments of Health and Community Services and the
Red Cross. The centre was established to respond to the needs of
the families of the Swissair passengers and crew, community
residents and all those who have played a part in Nova Scotia's
response to this tragedy.

"We have and will continue to ensure support for the many
residents, caregivers and volunteers who are affected by this
recent disaster," said Dr. Jim Smith, Minister of Health.

The Departments of Health, Community Services, Education and
Justice are working closely together with the Canadian Red Cross,
the Salvation Army, local and regional hospitals, Emergency
Measures Organization, Emergency Preparedness Canada, Regional
and Community Health Boards, public health and mental health
services, Occupational Health and Safety Agency-Health Canada,
the Halifax Regional Municipality and many others to ensure a
coordinated response to these needs.


Contact: Sue McKeage
         Department of Health
         902-499-0962 (cellular)

jlw                        Sept. 10, 1998         5 p.m.