Community Resources

There are many mental health and related community organizations in the Capital Health district that offer invaluable help and support to people living with mental illness, and their families. Here, we  profile some of these organizations and celebrate their unique role in the community.

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Dalhousie University's Department of Psychiatry works closely with the Capital Health Mental Health Program.

Capital Health’s 250 Homes - a safe, affordable housing and case management initiative for individuals living with Mental Illness - was launched in 2007 as a pilot project in partnership with Killam Properties and Capital Health's Mental Health Program.  Killam subsidized 10 apartment units for $100 to $135 a month for individuals living with mental illness. These individuals were identified and supported through case management by Capital Health.

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."  Henry Ward Beecher

Halifax recreation centres offer a wide variety of activities for adults and children, with lots of things families can do together. Whether you are interested in trying yoga, want swim lesons for your toddler or simply want a place to be active, recreation centres can probably meet your needs at an affordable price. Your toughest decision may be choosing what to do.

Anna Quon profiles New Beginnings Dartmouth, a community space where people living with mental illness can become connected to their community and be supported in recovery by their peers. It is also a place where they make friends and have fun.

A project focused on ensuring equal access to healthcare for people of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community.

Anna Quon writes about an organization supporting people with mental illness to live independently

Making new friends and being involved in social activities can be difficult for a person living with mental illness. Feelings of isolation and loneliness are common. Anna Quon profiles an organization helping to change that with a focus on having fun as a key part of being healthy.

 Healthy Minds Cooperative: A Safe Beacon for People Who Have a Mental Illness.

Healthy Minds Cooperative is a non-profit, member-owned organization that promotes mental health, and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing a mental illness, and their families. Its shareholders are people who possess lived experience with mental illness, and/or an interest in the topic of mental health. They provide significant and meaningful input into the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of mental health services in Capital Health district.

The Cooperative provides public education to increase awareness of mental health and mental illness, provides peer support and advocacy for members and their families, and facilitates connections to community services.

Watch two 2-minute stories about Healthy Minds Cooperative here and here.