If  you are concerned about your mental health or a loved one's, please talk to your family doctor. If you do not have a family doctor, you can see a doctor at one of several Family Focus Medical Clinics. They offer drop-in medical services at all of their clinics and appointments with doctors at two locations.

Visit Family Focus Medical Clinics online for more information and locations. Or call 420-6060, one number for all clinic locations. 

Who we are

Community/outpatient locations in the Capital District Mental Health Program offer services to the Metropolitan area, Hants and all of Halifax County.

  • Mental Health Community Bayer's Road Halifax
  • Mental Health Outpatient Department (Abbie J. Lane Building, Halifax)
  • Mental Health Services Bedford-Sackville
  • Mental Health Services Dartmouth
  • Cole Harbour / Eastern HRM Community Mental Health
  • Mental Health Services Hants Community

We also provide services directly in General Practitioner’s offices and in community agencies through Shared Care. We offer general mental health services for adults. Hants Community also provides child and adolescent mental health services.

Community/outpatient and Shared Care Mental Health Services are provided by inter-disciplinary teams including clinicians and learners from nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, psychiatry, and other health care professions.

Staff provide services to people who are experiencing mental illness such as complex depression, anxiety, complicated adjustment disorders, bipolar illness and schizophrenia. We work with others in the community to promote mental health and to reduce the risk and impact of mental illness.

Our services

Services offered vary depending on the issues or illness the person wants help with. Some people are seen for assessment only; other people may have a set number of individual treatment sessions or group programs. Those with more serious and persistent illness, resulting in disability, are supported by the service over a longer period of time.

People may receive services in an office, in the community, or in their home, depending on their need and the type of treatments being provided. A range of different treatments are available within mental health services:

Mental Health Assessment involves meeting for a discussion to gather information, identify problem areas, explain a diagnosis, and develop a treatment plan. Consultation is available from the different professions to assist family doctors or other primary care providers.

We can help explain a diagnosis, answer questions about medication, discuss recommended treatment, and tell you about resources available to help and support you. This can be done through a direct referral, or where available, through Shared Care.

Group therapy has been shown to be a very effective treatment for many mental health needs. A variety of group programs are offered at each site. These include:

  • Anxiety/Panic Management
  • Coping With Depression,
  • Self-Esteem/Assertiveness,
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship
  • Healthy Living

Individual therapy can include  counselling, medication therapy, psychotherapy, and other options.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation. We provide a range of services to assist people who have major psychiatric disabilities. The focus is to improve a person’s connections and participation within their community.

Family Education is provided for family and friends of individuals living with a mental illness.

Prevention & Promotion. A growing number of staff are working closely with primary care providers in the community (such as doctors, schools, outreach centres) to increase awareness, and promote wellness.

Community Education.
Staff provide information and education to community groups and other health care providers on a variety of mental health topics.

Access to other mental health services such as day treatment, inpatient care, specialty consultation, and other services can be arranged when needed.

These services are normally offered Monday through Friday during daytime hours, between 8:00am - 5:00pm. Depending on need, groups and other services are occasionally offered in the evening or on the weekend.

Community Mental Health Services and Shared Care are recent developments, within the last six years. These services are growing and developing within the communities they are serving. It's a new way of working with agencies and community

Hours of Service

8:30am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

The Emergency Psychiatric Assessment Services at the QEII Health Sciences Centre (902) 473-2043) can be contacted for emergencies after hours / weekends.

Groups are sometimes offered during evening hours to help facilitate attendance.

How to access our services

New Initiative: First Visit at Community Mental Health Clinics.

On May 2, 2011, Community Mental Health changed the way individuals access their services. In the past, Individuals have often had to wait weeks or months to be seen. These changes will drastically reduce the time they will have to wait. Each Community Mental Health location will have a designated day or days each week when they will be seeing new clients. This new initiative is called First Visit.

First Visit is a simple, easy way for people with significant mental health problems or mental illness to access help from Community Mental Health. We do not offer emergency services. Call Mental Health Mobile Crisis - 429.8167 or 1(888) 429.8167 – or go to your local emergency department.

During your First Visit, you will see a therapist to talk about the mental health problem that prompted you to seek help; what helps your manage; and ways to build on your strengths and resources. If you need further assessment or treatment, this will be offered.

Get helpful information to share with patients, families and community support groups.

 Clinic locations and telephone numbers.

Bayers Road Community Mental Health
Suite 109, Bayers Road Centre
7071 Bayers Road, Halifax
Tel: 454-1400

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Bedford/Sackville Community Mental Health
Cobequid Community Health Centre
40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville
Tel: 865-3663

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Cole Harbour/Eastern HRM Community Mental Health
Cole Harbour Place
51 Forest Hills Parkway, Dartmouth
Tel: 434-3263

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Dartmouth Community Mental Health
33 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth
Tel: 466-1830

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*West Hants Community Hospital
89 Payzant Drive, Windsor
Tel: 792-2042

*West Hants serves children, youth and adults.

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