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Refers to all programs that provide immediate assistance for people who are currently experiencing severe emotional distress; for any situation that is life-threatening, or poses harm to someone; or unable to cope with a problem that demands immediate attention. Crisis services help deal with the immediate crisis, and restore people back to their original (higher) level of function so that they can identify and deal with their problems.

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Publicly Funded / Free Services

The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (MHMCT) provides crisis support for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. Service offers ... more
Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 3Z6 Map
902-429-8167
All ages
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Our unit of Halifax Regional Police is a police-based victim support unit. The Unit was established in 1996 to provide supportive services to victims of ... more
1975 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS, B3J 2H1 Map
1-902-490-5300
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Annapolis Valley, South Shore, and South West Nova Scotia 1-877-334-3431 – South Shore 1-855-273-7110 – Annapolis Valley 1-844-380-4324 – South ... more
NS, Canada
902-429-8167 x18884298167 (Crisis Line)
19 years and up
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1. Child Welfare including Children's Aid Society (CAS)

The child welfare / child protection system is a group of services that promote the well-being of children by protecting children from abuse or neglect, ensuring they are safe, and strengthening families so that they can successfully care for their children.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Child protection services strive to protect children under 18 from abuse and neglect while making every effort to keep families together. Everyone has the ... more
2131 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS, B3J 3E4 Map
1-902-424-5074
Up to 18 years
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The Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (CWRP) provides access to up-to-date research on Canadian child welfare programs and policies. The Portal is a ... more
3506 University Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7 Map
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Youth in Care Canada is a national, charitable organization driven by youth and alumni from child welfare authorities across Canada. YICC exists to voice the ... more
223 Main Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4 Map
613-327-4317
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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2. Crisis Lines including Telephone, Online and Chat

Is someone in a crisis? Crisis lines offer free, immediate and confidential one-on-one assistance to callers in need and usually operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are generally staffed by either paid professionals, or trained volunteers. They will listen, offer support and advice, and if necessary, will try to help the caller get connected to help in his/her community. 

Publicly Funded / Free Services

24/7 Provincial Telephone Crisis Line for children, youth or adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis. *service is Mobile for the Halifax Region more
NS, Canada
902-429-8167
Area Served: Nova Scotia
All ages
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Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only bilingual phone and on-line counselling service for youth. It’s free, anonymous and confidential. Professional ... more
439 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 1Y8 Map
416-586-5437
Area Served: Canada
5 - 20 years
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Bullying is a terrible experience for children and teenagers which can easily lead to long lasting emotional scars. As a child, parent, teacher or adult, we ... more
1975 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS, B3J 2H1 Map
1-902-490-7283
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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We are in partnership with: * IWK Health Centre * QE II Health Sciences Centre * Dartmouth General Hospital * Cobequid Community Health ... more
1526 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS, B3J 3K3 Map
1-902-422-4240
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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We provide a safe shelter and support services for women and families impacted by intimate partner violence and abuse. We offer the following programs: * ... more
3399 Novelea Dr, Halifax, NS, B3K 3E6 Map
1-902-429-9002
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Our government takes a strong stand against senior abuse. Older adults have the right to live safely and manage their own affairs. When someone violates ... more
NS, Canada
1-877-833-3377
Area Served: Nova Scotia
All ages
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If you are FEELING SAD or DISTRESSED and want to talk, support is a phone call away. Service is available in Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut, English and French. ... more
ON, Canada
1-855-242-3310
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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Youthspace.ca offers emotional support and crisis intervention to youth in Canada under 30yrs. Our highly-trained volunteers are online every night (6 PM to ... more
Victoria, BC Map
Area Served: Canada
Up to 30 years
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Online and phone support. Trained professionals. Free, confidential, 24/7 more
NS, Canada
1-888-347-8888 (Toll Free)
All ages
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Quite line (trained counsellor for personal quit plan) SMS/text motivational messaging Online forums Quit pack (info) Website resources more
NS, Canada
1-866-366-3667 (Toll Free)
All ages
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Crisis Services Canada evolved out of the Canadian Distress Line Network – a national network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention line ... more
439 University Ave., Toronto, ON, M5G 1Y8 Map
437-317-4488
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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3. Walk-In Counselling

Looking for an appointment the same day, or within a few days? Walk-in counselling clinics provide counseling services, without a need to book a long time in advance. They can be helpful for many issues such as family conflict, stress, grief, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, separation, divroce or abuse. Most of the time, no appointment is required, though some clinics may require you to call ahead the same day to book appointments for that day. 

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Fifteen bed transition house for women and children who have left situations of domestic violence. Offers safety, comfort and hope. Serves women in the ... more
Bridgewater, NS, B4VV2W9
902-543-3665
Area Served: Western Nova Scotia
All ages
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

88 Highland Ave., New Minas, NS, B4N 3J5 Map
902-698-1194
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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4. Hospital Emergency Department

Is there an emergency such as medical or mental health emergency? If less intense options (e.g. calling a crisis line) are not possible or haven't helped, then it may be helpful to visit the local hospital Emergency Department. Typical mental health emergencies include:

* thoughts of suicide to the point where the person requires emergency help to keep them from ending their life; 

* manic episode or psychosis where a person is behaving in an irrational way with inability to function. 

 

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Emergency Departments in hospitals throughout Nova Scotia, including Mental Health Crisis/Emergencies. For under 19 and mental health - IWK Health Centre Emergency Department more
NS, Canada
1-888-429-8167 (Crisis Line)
All ages
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We are in partnership with: * IWK Health Centre * QE II Health Sciences Centre * Dartmouth General Hospital * Cobequid Community Health ... more
1526 Dresden Row, Halifax, NS, B3J 3K3 Map
1-902-422-4240
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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5. Emergency Shelter and Housing

There are various shelters that people can use when they have no place to go.

 

Emergency shelters are places for people to live temporarily when they don't have a place to stay. Emergency shelters (such as women's shelters) are primarily meant for those fleeing an abusive relationship, sexual abuse or domestic violence. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

 

Homeless shelters are temporary places to stay, usually meant for homeless people. Usually located in downtown areas, they are similar to emergency shelters. The main difference is that homeless shelters are usually open to anyone, without regard to the reason for need. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Phoenix Youth Programs, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, has ten programs and services for at-risk and homeless youth between the ages of 12 – 24. ... more
6035 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R7 Map
902-420-0676
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
12 - 24 years
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We meet with women and children and female youth where they are, without judgment, to offer a range of services and support during periods of homelessness ... more
2421 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS, B3K 2Z4 Map
1-902-423-5049
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Offers various shelter and housing services which include: * Two Community Residential Facilities (halfway houses) to help men and women change from prison ... more
45 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 2N6 Map
902-463-6077
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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Operating during the winter (December 1st through April 30th 2017), Out of the Cold Shelter is open to: * Men * Women * Transgender folks * Youth (16 and ... more
1479 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 1Z2 Map
902-429-6518
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
16 years and up
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Fifteen bed transition house for women and children who have left situations of domestic violence. Offers safety, comfort and hope. Serves women in the ... more
Bridgewater, NS, B4VV2W9
902-543-3665
Area Served: Western Nova Scotia
All ages
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Offers residential and outreach supports for homeless and at-risk youth in Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties more
6 Trinity Place, Yarmouth, NS, B5A 1P4 Map
902-881-3111
Area Served: Nova Scotia
16 - 24 years
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Provides emergency and transitional housing for youth aged 16 -24 who are experiencing homelessness. more
603 East River Rd., New Glasgow, NS, B2H 5G2 Map
902-695-3241
Area Served: Northern Nova Scotia
16 - 24 years
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6. Women's Shelters

Women's shelters are places where women (and their children) can go to stay, and are typically for women fleeing domestic violence from their partners or spouses. Women's shelters offer safe, temporary housing and usually other services to enable a return to independent living such as counselling and referrals to community resources.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Fifteen bed transition house for women and children who have left situations of domestic violence. Offers safety, comfort and hope. Serves women in the ... more
Bridgewater, NS, B4VV2W9
902-543-3665
Area Served: Western Nova Scotia
All ages
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We provide safe second stage housing and supportive counselling to women and children leaving domestic abuse. Our women's programs include: * Trauma ... more
Halifax, NS Map
1-902-466-8459
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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We provide a safe shelter and support services for women and families impacted by intimate partner violence and abuse. We offer the following programs: * ... more
3399 Novelea Dr, Halifax, NS, B3K 3E6 Map
1-902-429-9002
Area Served: Central Nova Scotia
All ages
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"We are a unified voice collaborating, educating and innovating for systemic change that ends violence against women making Canada a model for safety in ... more
ON, Canada
613-680-5119
Area Served: Canada
All ages
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