There are many mental health and related organizations in the Capital Health District that can be a tremendous help to people living with mental illness and their families. Here, we have listed some of the main organizations and their contact information in the categories of general, crisis, employment, financial, housing, and legal. As you review the list, keep in mind that any of the organizations can often put you in contact with other resources that may not be included in this list.
Mental Health and related organizations - General
- Canadian Mental Health Association
A nation-wide voluntary organization promoting the mental health of all and supporting the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Halifax/Dartmouth Branch 455-5445
- Healthy Minds Cooperative
An innovative health care cooperative that provides a variety of peer- based services to people living with mental illness and their families.
- Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia
Aims to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy, and research.
465-2601 or 1-800-465-2601
- Self Help Connection
Promotes self-help groups throughout Nova Scotia.
- Consumer Initiative Centre (CIC)
A program of the Self Help Connection, the CIC engages people living with mental illness in activities and programs that enhance their ability to take control over and improve their health and well-being.
- Laing House
Youth between ages 17 and 24 years who are living with serious mental illness like psychosis or mood disorders can get the support they need to prepare for a healthier future.
- Eating Disorders Action Group
Dedicated to promoting healthy body image and self esteem and to supporting individuals who experience disordered eating.
- Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre
Provides structured, social-based programming for urban Aboriginal people. Programs range from adult learning to child care and needle exchange to employment. With its open door policy, the centre is a gathering place and the home of community functions and events.
- Veith Street Gallery Studio Association
Supports artists with disabilities and related challenges through a range of programs, including creative education and volunteer opportunities.
- Halifax Sexual Health Centre
Promotes sexual and reproductive health within an environment respecting and supporting individual choice.
- Phoenix Centre for Youth Health Program
A walk-in health and counselling facility which offers a first exit from street life.
- Family Resource Centres
An on-line directory of family resource centres around the province
- Caregivers Nova Scotia
Provides practical supports to friends and family giving care. Services include workshops, newsletters focused on caregiving issues, a book and video lending library, telephone caregiver assistance and community-based peer support groups.
- Federation acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (FANE)
Offers support to its member associations and the broader Acadian community, representing and lobbying on behalf of its members, facilitating community dialogue and consultation, communications, research and development.
- Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC)
A not-for-profit health association that provides resources, conducts research and disseminates research findings to government agencies, institutions, and Black communities, with a long-term vision of seeking policy reform on health issues of African Canadians.
- Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association
A community-based organization that welcomes newcomers and recognizes their essential role in Canada. Services include settlement support, employment programs, English courses, volunteer and community programs and business development and start-up.
- YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth
Dedicated to the development of individuals and communities in spirit, mind and body. Offers a range of programs and services from recreation to employment.
- YMCA Newcomer Services
Helps immigrants to Canada settle into their new homes in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The YMCA also helps the mainstream population understand the issues and barriers newcomers face while adjusting and adapting to a new language, culture, climate and community, while maintaining their own.
- Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare Program
A provincial drug plan designed to help Nova Scotians with the cost of prescription drugs. The program offers protection against drug costs for families who have no drug coverage or if the cost of the prescription drugs becomes a financial burden to them.
- West Hants Resource Line
Connects community members with local information, resources and support in the West Hants area.
Resources for Crisis Situations
- Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team
Provides crisis support for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. It offers telephone crisis service 24/7 anywhere within the Capital Health District and mobile crisis response from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily to Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford. The Team includes mental health professionals and police officers that are designated to the crisis service. 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167
- Child Protection
Nova Scotia Department of Community Services – Child Protection Services
The Nova Scotia Department of Community Services’ child protection services protects children under 16 years of age from abuse and/or neglect while making every effort to keep families together. 424-4754 or 1-866-922-2434 (after hours).
- Adult Protection
Nova Scotia Department of Health – Continuing Care Adult Protection Services
The Department of Health offers help and support for people age 16 or older who are abused or neglected and who cannot physically or mentally protect or care for themselves.
Shelters for Women
- Adsum House
- Barry House
- Bryony Transition Housing
Shelters for Men
- Metro Turning Point
- Salvation Army
Shelters for Men and Women
- Pendleton Place
- Universal Shelter Association (culturally-sensitive safe houses)
Provides emergency shelter and counselling to individuals fleeing violence and, particularly, to members of minority communities who are not well served by the mainstream shelter system. 454-5459
- Youth Shelter
Phoenix Youth Shelter
- Feed Nova Scotia Help Line
- Feeding Others of Dartmouth
- Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank
- Hope Cottage
- Avalon Sexual Assault Centre Crisis Line
- Kid’s Help Phone (24-hour)
- Parent Help Line (24-hour)
- Youth Help Line (24-hour)
- Nova Scotia Career & Transition Services
Offers workshops and programs for the general public in the areas of career planning, career transition and career management.
- Lake City Employment Services
A not-for-profit association whose goal is to assist people living with mental illness to improve their quality of life by supporting them to gain independence through work.
- TEAM Work Cooperative
Devoted to helping persons with disabilities become employed in Nova Scotia.
422-8900 (TTY: 420-0721)
- Women’s Employment Outreach
Provides free employment services to women who are unemployed, nearing unemployment, on stress-related leave or looking for a career change. 422-8023
- Nova Scotia Career Development Association
Visit this web site for a list of many of the organizations throughout Nova Scotia that provide career services. www.nscda.ednet.ns.ca/organizations.html
- Department of Community Services
Regional Office 424-5074. There are district offices in many communities within Capital Health. The Regional Office will provide you with the phone number for the office closest to you.
- Debtor Assistance Program
A program that offers counselling to those facing financial difficulties. Program staff can assist with preparing a budget and debt reduction plans. The program is offered by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and is available at no cost.
424-5200 or 1-800-670-4357
- Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada
Provides guidance to clients in solving debt problems through financial counselling, education, and debt repayment programs.
- Private Services
There are a number of private companies that assist people to become debt free through debt consolidation, consumer proposal or bankruptcies. There is a charge for these services. To find a private company you may want to work with, check the yellow pages under Insolvency/ Trustees in Bankruptcy.
- Provincial Government
Information about the many provincial programs that assist with housing issues can be found at
Housing Services, Central Region 424-5110
- Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority
Manages public housing units across HRM and, together with six other housing authorities across Nova Scotia, administers a rent supplement program.
- Metro Non-Profit Housing
Provides safe, affordable housing in metro Halifax for single individuals who have experienced homelessness.
- Dartmouth Non-Profit Housing Society
Assists families or individuals in acquiring more affordable housing.
- YWCA Wish Housing Program
A program for women who have experienced homelessness.
- Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia
Responds to the needs of women in prison, develops community services for women, publicizes issues of women and the law, lobbying for improved penal facilities for women and lobbies for changes in criminal justice.
454-5041 or 1-877-619-1354
- John Howard Society of Nova Scotia
Provides services to males in prison, develops community services and advocates people who have had contact with the criminal justice system in Canada.
- Dalhousie Legal Aid
Provides legal aid services to people who are not financially able to pay for legal advice or assistance.
- Nova Scotia Legal Aid
Legal Aid may provide a lawyer to someone who could not otherwise afford one. To be eligible for the service, an applicant must be receiving Social Assistance Benefits or be in an equivalent financial position. It must also be determined that there is some merit in the case and that the applicant will receive some benefit if service is provided. Legal services are provided mainly in the areas of family and criminal law.
- Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
Commission staff investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination.
- Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
A not-for-profit organization providing information and resources about the law.
- Nova Scotia Labour Standards
Information and resources on Nova Scotia and Government of Canada labour standards and employment equity. bsa.canadabusiness.ca/gol/bsa/site.nsf/en/su07096.html
A recording of legal information on a variety of topics. 420-1888
- Halifax Refugee Clinic
Legal and settlement services for refugee claimants
- Service Canada
Service Canada is where you will find information on many federal government programs, including, Employment Insurance Services, Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits, Universal Child Care Benefit, Temporary Resident Visa, Citizenship Program. Local Service Canada centres are located in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax, Sheet Harbour and Windsor.
- Halifax Regional Municipality Online Resource Guide
HRM produces an online resource guide that provides contact information for many community and government resources in categories from health and employment services to tenants rights and immigrant services.