Mental Health Resources - Where to get support in Nova Scotia during Covid-19(Updated on April 7, 2020)
While the focus is rightly on physical health and safety during the outbreak, #MentalHealth is equally important. Don’t forget to practice #SelfCare. Limit your media intake, Check in with loved ones, and get some fresh air too.
Protecting your mental health
The best ways to take care of your mental health include:
Take care of yourself
- Eat as well as possible.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain normal routines and programming as much as possible.
- Spend time on hobbies.
- Get enough sleep.
- Try mindfulness, yoga, meditation, art or relaxation techniques, like MindWell-U’s 30-day mindfulness challenge.
- Get information from reliable sources.
- Check on family, friends and neighbours.
- Use phone, text, email and video calls to connect.
- Connect with people on social media, but take breaks from it.
- Listen and provide reassurance – it's normal to have questions.
- Address questions and correct misinformation
Take care of others
- Get groceries and necessities for people in self-isolation.
- Share positive messages to support essential workers.
- Watch for discrimination or bullying related to COVID-19
Help with mental health or addiction issues
Support for mental health and addictions is available for children, youth and adults. You can get help by phone, online or by virtual care. In-person help is available if a clinician determines it’s necessary.
If you have a pre-existing mental health condition or substance use disorder, it’s important to continue with your treatment as much as possible. Be aware of new or worsening symptoms and reach out for help and support.
Kids Help Phone
Young people up to age 20 can contact the Kids Help Phone 24/7 to speak with a trained counsellor:
- Call toll-free: 1-800-668-6868
- Live chat: https://kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat/
- Text CONNECT to 686868
If you need advice and information about mental health, call 811.
Mental health and addictions services
If you or a family member needs help with a mental health and addictions challenge, you can self-refer to a mental health or addictions clinic, service or program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre. Call 1-855-922-1122 (toll free), Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line
If you’re experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or are concerned about someone who is, the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- • Call: 902-429-8167
- Call toll-free: 1-888-429-8167 or 911
ICAN Anxiety Program
People 18 and over can get help for anxiety and depression through the ICAN Anxiety Program. The program includes online tools for tracking and managing your symptoms, and weekly phone calls with a coach. Learn more about the program on the Nova Scotia Health Authority website, and self-refer if you’re interested.
Therapy Assistance Online
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a free and private online resource with interactive activities and videos for people facing mental health challenges. It includes activities on a variety of topics, and you can choose which ones you want to explore.
Nova Scotians can access MindWell-U, a free 30-day mindfulness challenge, an online tool which helps lower stress and improve well-being. It takes 5 minutes a day.
- Mental Health Tips for Working from Home, Government of Canada
- COVID-19 and Mental Health @ Work, Government of Canada
- COVID-19 and mental health, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
- Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
- Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, Mental Health Foundation UK
- Coping with COVID-19 (Canadian Mental Health Association)
- IWK Health Centre mental health and addictions services for children and youth
- Kids Help Phone
- MindWell-U online tool that helps lower stress and improve well-being
- Nova Scotia Health Authority’s mental health and addictions services for children, youth and adults
- Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Provincial government closures, cancellations and service changes
- The Schizophrenia Society’s Navigator service for community-based mental health and addictions support
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health