Teens Get Information on Where to Find Help

Premier's Office

April 15, 2013 2:24 PM

The province is helping teenagers across Nova Scotia get information directly on where to turn for help if they face a crisis.

The province is distributing the information sheet beginning today to all students in grades 7 to 12. It gives young people phone numbers to call and other resources if they, or someone they know, needs help, said Marilyn More, minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, today, April 15. Ms. More is co-ordinating Nova Scotia's response to recent tragic events.

"I want all of our young people to know that there are places to turn if they need help," Ms. More said. "Please, reach out if you are going through a traumatic event or crisis, or if you are aware of a friend or family member in need of help. Talk to someone you trust, such as a family member, relative, friend or teacher, or call a helpline.

"I hope this resource opens the door for parents to have conversations with their children about the resources and tools that are available."

Young people can call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 and anyone can access emergency mental health services by calling the crisis line at 1-888-429-8167.

People can also get help by calling 211, 811, or by visiting an emergency room or family doctor

These and other helplines and websites can be found at novascotia.ca/help/.

The province has also launched a television and online public awareness campaign, If You Need Help, to make Nova Scotians aware of the resources that are available.


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     The province is helping teenagers across Nova Scotia

get information directly on where to turn for help if they

face a crisis.

     An information sheet is being given to all students in

grades 7 to 12 beginning today. It has phone numbers to

call and other resources if they, or someone they know,

needs help.

     Marilyn More, minister responsible for the Advisory

Council on the Status of Women, is co-ordinating Nova

Scotia's response to recent tragic events.

     She says she wants young people to know that there are

places to turn if they need help. She says the resource

opens the door for parents to have conversations with their

children about the resources and tools that are available.

     Helplines and websites can be found at nova scotia dot

c-a slash help.

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