News release

Emotional Support Line Open for Forestry Sector, Public

A confidential, toll-free line is now open to help anyone in need of emotional support as a result of the pending closure of the Northern Pulp mill. Government is partnering with Morneau Shepell to deliver the service.

People can call the free support line at 1-866-885-6540. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"The impact of this situation reaches beyond those directly employed in the forestry sector and it’s vitally important that support is available to all those who need it,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This dedicated line is one place people can turn to for support."

Job loss, business uncertainty or any traumatic event can be stressful. When calling the line, people will receive professional counselling support and/or a referral to resources in their community.

Quotes:

Through our partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, we are offering free support to all individuals affected by the announced closure. The skilled individuals working in our Canadian Care Access Centres have extensive experience in responding to community situations such as this and fully appreciate the importance of working with community organizations and resources to bring the best solutions to those impacted during this difficult time. Stephen Liptrap, president and chief executive officer, Morneau Shepell

Quick Facts:

  • Morneau Shepell is a provider of human resources services that focus on supporting the clients’ mental, physical and social well-being
  • government is working with Regional Enterprise Networks to schedule information sessions for impacted businesses and local business organizations
  • open houses are scheduled throughout the province in January for those who wish to access employment programs and services, whether they are currently unemployed or are planning ahead
  • on Dec. 24, a toll-free line (1-888-315-0110) opened for individuals with immediate needs and questions. To date, more than 200 calls have been answered. This line will remain open to continue to provide information tailored to individual needs including emergency assistance funding, and employment and training opportunities

Additional Resources:

For more information about Morneau Shepell, visit https://www.morneaushepell.com/ca-en

Government has launched a Forestry Sector Support website at:
https://novascotia.ca/forestry-sector-support/

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Media Contacts:

Tracy Barron
Intergovernmental Affairs 902-223-1465 Email:
Heather MacDonald
Morneau Shepell 855-622-3327 Email: