In this season of physical distancing, we are trying our best for the church to connect. If you are someone you love need more support, please find below a list of resources offer by the province: support lines, online resources, e-mental health tools and self-referral programs for those who might need them, including a new 211 service launched Easter Weekend to help Nova Scotians navigate these unprecedented times.
211 Nova Scotia
A new service will connect people who have urgent social needs related to COVID-19 with the Canadian Red Cross for support through an experienced team in crisis management. The Red Cross will act as a navigator to link people to the services they need, including wellness check-ins for Nova Scotians who are isolated and experiencing loneliness and anxiety.
Kids Help Phone
Young people up to age 20 can contact the Kids Help Phone 24/7 to speak with a trained counsellor
Text CONNECT to 686868
Live chat: https://kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat/
Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line
If you’re experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or are concerned about someone who is, the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line is available 24/7.
1-888-429-8167 or 911
24-hour distress line for women experiencing intimate partner violence
Mental health and addictions services
If you or a family member needs help with a mental health and addictions challenge, you can self-refer to a mental health or addictions clinic, service or program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Canadian Mental Health Association – Nova Scotia Division
The CMHA NS’s Wellness Resource Hub provides information and resources to help Nova Scotians stay safe and mentally healthy while coping with COVID-19. It is a living resource that will continue to grow over the coming days and weeks.
Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)
CAMH offers tips, coping strategies and resources to manage your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICAN Anxiety Program
People 18 and over can get help for anxiety and depression through Strongest Families Institute’s ICAN Anxiety Program. The program includes online tools for tracking and managing your symptoms, and weekly phone calls with a coach. Nova Scotians can self-refer.
Nova Scotians can access MindWell-U, a free 30-day mindfulness challenge it’s an online tool which helps lower stress and improve well-being. It takes 5 minutes a day.
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
TAO Self-Help is a free and private online resource available to Nova Scotians. It includes interactive activities and videos for people having challenges with their mental health.
HealthyMindsNS offers online mental health programs for university and NSCC students in Nova Scotia.