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This page has information about free, publicly-available supports and services in Nova Scotia that you may find helpful.

Supports and services in Nova Scotia

Visit the Nova Scotia website to learn about support for mental health, addiction and wellbeing in the province.

Please contact each service directly to find out the following:

  • what times you can use the service

  • what languages are available

  • other details about how the service works

To contact a service, use the link and/or phone number provided below.

Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line

The Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line provides crisis intervention to people experiencing a mental health crisis or mental health distress. The Crisis Line can be used by children, youth and adults.      

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Crisis is self-defined by the person calling for support.

 The crisis line also supports the following groups of people to manage mental health crises:

  • families

  • friends

  • community agencies 

  • other groups     

The crisis line provides education, outreach and consultation.

To access: Call 1-888-429-8167 (toll free)

Nova Scotia Health – Mental Health and Addictions Program

Nova Scotia Health's Mental Health and Addictions Program is a comprehensive and provincial program that provides services and supports to people with mental health and substance use concerns. 

The program offers a variety of services, including the following: 

  • e-mental health and addiction tools

  • assessment and diagnosis

  • individual and group counselling

  • medication management

  • crisis intervention

  • community outreach and education 

The program also provides specialized services for specific populations, such as youth, seniors, and people with complex needs.

To access: Call 1-855-922-1122 (toll free) or visit the Mental Health and Addictions Program website.

IWK Health Centre – Mental Health & Addictions 

The Mental Health and Addictions Program provides services for children and youth in the following environments:

  • schools

  • community clinics

  • day and residential programs 

  • inpatient settings, for the most acutely ill children and youth      

The Program treats children and youth up until their 19th birthday. It provides care that centres the needs of patients and their families. 

The Program offers more indirect services through consultation with family practice physicians as well as training with community partners. This training enhances skills to provide care in the community. Services are evidence-based; in other words, services that research has shown to work.

To access: Call 1-855-922-1122 (toll free) or visit the IWK Health Centre Mental Health and Addictions website


HealthyMindsNS is a set of online mental health resources. These resources are available free to post-secondary students. They add to the mental health supports and services available on campuses.

HealthyMindsNS was created to:

  • make sure students have access to mental health supports whenever they are needed               

  • strengthen students’ knowledge of mental health issues

  • provide a wider array of resources, particularly for students experiencing mild to moderate symptoms     

To access: Visit the HealthyMindsNS website

Nova Scotia 2-1-1

Nova Scotia 2-1-1 is available 24/7 to connect people to programs and services in their community. By providing information and referrals, 2-1-1 helps make connections to local community groups, non-profit and government organizations.      

People can call 2-1-1 to get help for any of the following people:

  • themselves

  • their family

  • a friend

  • a neighbour

  • a client                                                                 

To access: