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Introduction

Everyone wants to be happy, content and healthy. Unfortunately, anyone can become stressed, overwhelmed, or have problems with moods, feelings and behaviours. Common mental health problems include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addictions. Fortunately, help is available.

 

This guide has more information about the types of mental health help, supports and services that may be helpful for you, a family member or loved one.

Crisis Lines including Telephone, Online and Chat

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. 

All ages
902-429-8167
1-888-429-8167 (Toll Free)
5 - 20 years
416-586-5437
800-668-6868 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-902-490-7283
1-902-490-7283 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-902-429-9002
1-902-422-7650 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-877-833-3377
1-877-521-1188 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-866-366-3667 (Toll Free)
All ages
437-317-4488
1-833-456-4566 (Crisis Line)

Walk-In Counselling

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All ages
902-543-3665
888-543-3999 (Toll Free)
888-543-3999 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 902-543-3533

Hospital Emergency Department

Going to the Emergency Department of your local hospital is helpful for crises and emergency situations such as thoughts of suicide or homicide (thoughts of seriously harming oneself or others); conditions such as psychosis or mania.

All ages
1-888-429-8167 (Crisis Line)

Emergency Shelter and Housing

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

 

1) 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.

 

2) 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.

12 - 24 years
902-420-0676
1-866-620-0676 (Toll Free)
1-888-878-5088 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-902-423-5049
1-902-423-4443 (Crisis Line)
All ages
902-543-3665
888-543-3999 (Toll Free)
888-543-3999 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 902-543-3533
16 - 24 years
902-881-3111
1-855-781-3111 (Toll Free)
Fax: 8813115

Child Welfare including Children's Aid Society (CAS)

Are there concerns about the welfare of a child aged 16 or under? If so, contact your local child protection agency (aka child welfare or children's aid society). They may have be able to offer suggestions about help and supports for family and/or the child in question.

Up to 18 years
1-902-424-5074
1-866-922-2434 (Crisis Line)
All ages
613-327-4317
1-800-790-7074 (Toll Free)

Information and Referral Services

Looking for help? Not certain where to start? You can always start by calling an Information and Referral Service. They can provide information about what services and supports are out there, and help connect you to those services and supports.

All ages
1-844-292-6730 (Toll Free)
All ages
211
1-855-466-4994 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
902-448-4744
211 (Toll Free)
All ages
902-466-2011
1-844-466-2011 (Toll Free)
5 years and up
902-293-4801
1-888-435-3232 (Toll Free)
Fax: 902-464-1147
All ages
211
5 - 20 years
416-586-5437
800-668-6868 (Crisis Line)
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
1-877-833-3377
1-877-521-1188 (Crisis Line)
All ages
416-264-8000

Family Physicians

Seeing your primary care provider (such as a family physician or nurse practitioner) is a good place to start if you have concerns. They can make sure there aren't any medical conditions contributing to the concerns, and can recommend mental health services if necessary.

Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)

"Addictions" refers to problems using drugs or alcohol or other problem behaviours. Gambling can also be addictive and can cause severe financial, emotional, and relationship problems.

18 years and up
Unavailable
All ages
902-454-2913
1-800-205-8402 (Toll Free)
902-789-8323 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-902-420-1980
1-888-886-5552 (Toll Free)
All ages
1-902-423-9991
1-877-904-4555 (Toll Free)
All ages
1-866-366-3667 (Toll Free)
Up to 19 years
902-464-4110
1-855-635-4110 (Toll Free)
902-429-8167 x18884298167 (Crisis Line)
All ages
902-466-2011
1-844-466-2011 (Toll Free)
All ages
613-237-6000
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943

Self-help, Mutual Aid and Support Groups

Mental Health in General

18 years and up
Unavailable
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
902-466-2011
1-844-466-2011 (Toll Free)
5 years and up
902-293-4801
1-888-435-3232 (Toll Free)
Fax: 902-464-1147
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325
All ages
604-878-3400
1-855-887-8004 (Toll Free)
All ages
705-386-8788
1-888-406-4663 (Toll Free)

Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)

Anxiety

Depression

Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Eating Disorders including Anorexia and Bulimia

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Learning Disorders

Hospitals

Many hospitals have mental health services such as outpatient mental health clinics and even inpatient programs. Consider contacting your local hospitals to see what services they have.

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Up to 19 years
902-464-4110
1-855-635-4110 (Toll Free)
902-429-8167 x18884298167 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-888-429-8167 (Crisis Line)

Counselling and Therapy

Counselling and therapy can be helpful for dealing with a wide variety of issues (e.g. stress and coping, relationship problems) and mental health conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.)

All ages
1-902-420-1980
1-888-886-5552 (Toll Free)
12 - 24 years
902-420-0676
1-866-620-0676 (Toll Free)
1-888-878-5088 (Crisis Line)
Up to 25 years
902-429-5429
Up to 19 years
902-464-4110
1-855-635-4110 (Toll Free)
902-429-8167 x18884298167 (Crisis Line)
3 - 12 years
1-866-470-7111
Fax: 1-866-470-7222
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
All ages
416-907-4620
1-888-656-3495 (Toll Free)
All ages
1-800-996-2268 (Toll Free)
Fax: 519-641-0431
All ages
450-537-1554
Fax: 450-537-1441

Psychologists and Psychological Associates

Psychologists and psychological associates help people solve problems with mood, behaviour or relationships. They perform assessment of, and provide diagnoses and treatment of mental health difficulties for children, adults, couples, and families who present with cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. They also perform psychoeducational testing for individuals with learning difficulties. They may use therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), behavioural therapies.

 

They may work as part of an agency, or in "private practice" (which means they will require payment from the client, or the client's private or work insurance).

All ages
1-902-420-1980
1-888-886-5552 (Toll Free)
All ages
902-422-9183
Fax: 902-462-9801
Up to 19 years
902-464-4110
1-855-635-4110 (Toll Free)
902-429-8167 x18884298167 (Crisis Line)
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
18 years and up
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
250-751-0111
1-800-683-0111 (Toll Free)
1-800-683-0111 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 250-751-2758
All ages
519-204-8885
Fax: 519-601-8885
All ages
Unavailable

Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have received specialized training in diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions (such as psychotherapy and medication treatment). Some work in hospitals or mental health agencies. They may also work  on their own in "private practice." Because physicians are publicly-funded, one does not need to pay any fees to see a psychiatrist, even for those in private practice.

 

Looking for a psychiatrist? The best way to see a psychiatrist is to speak to your family doctor to ask about whether seeing a psychiatrist would be helpful. Seeing a psychiatrist requires a referral from your physician.

 

Looking for a list of psychiatrists in your area? Unfortunately, because demand for psychiatrists is so high, and they are relatively few, it is very difficult to find any lists of psychiatrists. The best option is usually to contact the medical licensing body for whichever province you are in (for example, in Ontario, you would contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.)

 

Consider seeing a psychologist instead! Psychologists are similar to psychiatrists as they can both provide mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Although psychologists do not treat using medications, the good news is for most conditions, non-medication treatments make a huge difference, such that many times, medications are not even required.  View psychologists in your area.

All ages
1-888-429-8167 (Crisis Line)
Up to 19 years
902-464-4110
1-855-635-4110 (Toll Free)
902-429-8167 x18884298167 (Crisis Line)
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
18 years and up
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
250-751-0111
1-800-683-0111 (Toll Free)
1-800-683-0111 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 250-751-2758

Social Workers

Social workers help people to deal with problems in their personal, family or work life. They help by providing counselling or therapy, or by helping people find necessary resources. Social workers can work in many settings, including family services agencies, children's aid agencies, hospitals, and schools. Many social workers also work in private practice.

All ages
1-888-429-8167 (Crisis Line)
Up to 19 years
902-464-4110
1-855-635-4110 (Toll Free)
902-429-8167 x18884298167 (Crisis Line)
5 years and up
902-293-4801
1-888-435-3232 (Toll Free)
Fax: 902-464-1147
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
18 years and up
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
250-751-0111
1-800-683-0111 (Toll Free)
1-800-683-0111 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 250-751-2758
16 - 29 years
613-230-4663
1-800-668-4663 (Toll Free)
Fax: 613-230-8223
All ages
519-204-8885
Fax: 519-601-8885
All ages
Unavailable

Psychotherapists

Psychotherapists provide psychotherapy (aka "talk therapy") and help individuals with difficulties by listening and giving support. 

 

Special training is required in order to become a psychotherapist.

 

Various types of professionals such as Social Workers or Psychologists provide psychotherapy, and can thus be viewed as being psychotherapists as well. 

All ages
1-902-423-5049
1-902-423-4443 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-902-466-8459
All ages
1-902-429-9002
1-902-422-7650 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-902-425-4882
1-800-566-2437 (Toll Free)
All ages
1-902-454-5041
1-877-619-1354 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
All ages
613-237-1099
1-877-765-5565 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
250-751-0111
1-800-683-0111 (Toll Free)
1-800-683-0111 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 250-751-2758
All ages
519-204-8885
Fax: 519-601-8885
All ages
Unavailable

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists (OT) in private practice can help individuals with mental health issues regain function in their home, school and/or work activities. They can help clients with basic life skills, emotion regulation skills, as well as skills of daily living. 

Up to 19 years
902-464-4110
1-855-635-4110 (Toll Free)
902-429-8167 x18884298167 (Crisis Line)
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943

Finances and Money

This section has resources about finances, money, grants, subsidies and other related information. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

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Legal and Justice Resources

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Resource Lists by Other Organizations
Headstrong
Catchment: Central Nova Scotia
3rd edition (Sept 2017) updated provincial resource guide
Posted: Nov 2, 2017
Language: EN
IWK Mental Health and Addictions
Catchment: Central Nova Scotia
IWK approved Addictions websites, videos, books, workbooks, and emergency contacts
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Language: EN
Catchment: Nova Scotia
This is a directory of all self-help groups in Nova Scotia.
Posted: May 31, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Nova Scotia
Comprehensive guide to mental health for families along with listings of resources in Nova Scotia. Produced by Community Mental Health together with the Healthy Minds Cooperative and family members of people living with mental illness.
Posted: Jul 7, 2013
Language: EN
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