Resources for Those Affected by Hurricane Fiona
If you’re in crisis and need to talk to someone, call one of the numbers here.
If you or someone you care about has been impacted by Hurricane Fiona, support is available. Whether you live in an area that was directly affected, or you’re feeling distressed at the news of Fiona and other natural disasters, this page lists some resources that you may find helpful.
Local Resources in Affected Areas
If you are feeling distressed, below are some resources that can provide support, including confidential helplines. You will also find links to government websites where you can learn more about the situation and access other resources.
Government of New Brunswick — Disaster Assistance
If you’ve been affected by property damage related to Hurricane Fiona, you might be eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance. Click here to learn more about this program, and how to apply.
The provincial government is also providing free bacterial testing of water from private wells that were directly affected by Hurricane Fiona. Click here for more information.
You can learn more about the Government of New Brunswick’s response to Hurricane Fiona by visiting the Emergency Measures Organization website.
211 is an information helpline that helps New Brunswick residents navigate the complex network of government, health, community, and social services quickly and easily. 211 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with interpretation in 170 languages. You can call 211 or visit nb.211.ca to explore services available to you. When you don't know where to turn, help starts at 211.
Bridge the gapp is an online platform where users can browse mental health and substance use resources and find information about services in their area. Click here to find resources in New Brunswick.
Chimo Helpline: 1-800-667-5005
Chimo is a toll-free crisis line available to all residents of New Brunswick. They offer support, advice, and referrals in English and French. All of this is done confidentially and without judgment. You can access their website at http://www.chimohelpline.ca/ to learn more about their services.
For more resources from the New Brunswick provincial government, click here.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Western Health Fiona Response Line: 1-833-920-0096
Western Health has a team on the ground to support residents of the southwest coast. To access this support please call 1-833-920-0096. The response line is available daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Western Health Mental Health and Addiction Services
Western Health provides mental health and addiction services across the western region of Newfoundland and Labrador. To find services in your local community, click here.
NL HealthLine: 811 or TTY 1-888-834-1252
Managed by the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador, NL Healthline is a confidential, free crisis line, available 24/7. When you call, an experienced nurse will be on the other end, ready to support you. Call 811 or 1-888-834-1252 to be connected with a Registered Nurse.
Eastern Health Mental Health and Addictions Navigator: 1-877-999-7589
The mental health and addictions navigator can help you to find the right mental health and addictions service for you and your family. Call the navigator toll-free at 1-877-999-7589. Available Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bridge the gapp is an online platform where users can browse mental health and substance use resources and find information about services in their area. Click here to find resources in Newfoundland and Labrador.
CHANNAL Warm Line: 1-855-753-2560
The Consumers’ Health Awareness Network Newfoundland and Labrador (CHANNAL) is an organization that offers a non-crisis, toll-free phone line backed by trained Peer Supporters. This phone line is available between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. NDT every day.
For more information from the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador, click here.
Government of Nova Scotia – Financial Support
Nova Scotians who have been severely impacted by hurricane Fiona will receive financial support from the Government of Nova Scotia. Visit this page for more information.
Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167
The Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line provides crisis intervention for Nova Scotian children, youth, and adults experiencing a mental health crisis or mental distress. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-888-429-8167.
Mental Health and Addictions Intake Service: 1-855-922-1122
If you are in Nova Scotia and need help with a mental health or addiction concern, our intake team is here to help.
Real people Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Tuesdays until 8 p.m.). Voicemail evenings, weekends, and holidays.
211 is a free, confidential information and referral service that can connect you to thousands of programs and services offered by local community groups, nonprofits, and government departments across Nova Scotia, 24/7. You can call 211 or visit ns.211.ca to explore services available to you.
Click here to view the latest information on post–Hurricane Fiona supports and information.
Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office
MHAhelpNS.ca is always available. This website is home to lots of great information on mental health and substance use, services and programs from Nova Scotia Health and community partners, as well as dozens of free e-Mental Health tools. Visit this page for specific information about Hurricane Fiona.
Nova Scotia Peer Support Phone Service: 1-800-307-1686
The Peer Support Phone Service is a toll-free, non-crisis, province-wide service, available to all Nova Scotians 18 years of age or older. It is staffed by trained Peer Supporters, who have personal or family-based lived experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges. The service is available Wednesday to Friday 5 – 11 p.m. AT, and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. AT.
Prince Edward Island
Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program (PDFAP)
Island fishers and aquaculturists who have experienced damage due to Hurricane Fiona can access immediate financial supports and request clean-up assistance through the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program (PDFAP).
The PDFAP can reimburse fishery and aquaculture operators with revenues of $2 million or less and who employ no more than the equivalent of 20 full-time employees for the following losses that are not covered by their insurance providers. This can include:
Repairing damage to and loss of gear as well as to fishing and harvesting equipment;
Replacing and repairing outbuildings such as bait sheds;
Replacing or repairing business equipment and inventory;
Clean-up costs of debris, hazardous materials, and waste disposal; and,
Incremental labour costs for clean-up and inventory transportation to alternate storage facilities.
Click here to learn more about the PDFAP.
Island Helpline: 1-800-218-2885
The Island Helpline provides free, confidential emotional support and crisis intervention to Islanders of all ages. Our trained and caring staff and volunteers are here to answer your call any time of the day or night — 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, please call. We’re here to listen and we’re here to help. You can reach the Island Helpline at 1-800-218-2885.
Mental Health and Addictions Phone Line: 1-833-553-6983
Similarly, this crisis line is available to you 24/7. Your calls will be answered by trained mental health professionals who are ready to help.
Farmer Assistance Program of PEI: 1-800-736-8006
Need help? Call the PEI Farmer Assistance Program at 1-800-736-8006. When you call the PEI Farmer Assistance Program (FAP), you will talk with one of the program's two professional counselors, Frank Bulger or Jan Henry. At this time, you can share a bit about what is bothering you. From there, you will establish a date and time to meet face-to-face for a free counselling session.
You can also check out the website for more resources: https://www.farmerstalk.ca/fap
Bridge the gapp is an online platform where users can browse mental health and substance use resources and find information about services in their area. Click here to find resources on Prince Edward Island.
Find more mental health resources in PEI by clicking here.
Register for Assistance
If you’ve been impacted by Hurricane Fiona, click here to learn how you can register for aid from the Red Cross.
Resources on Wellness Together Canada
In the Wellness Together Canada resource library, you can find articles and self-guided tools to help support your well-being, such as this one on coping with current events. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a list of more resources that might be helpful right now.
Partners of Wellness Together Canada offer counseling support for youth and adults. You don’t have to be going through a specific problem to call these lines. Whatever is on your mind, the counsellors are there to support you. This service is completely free and has low wait times.
You do not have to go through this alone. Connect with a Peer Supporter who has lived experience with mental health or substance use, or join a support group.
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