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COVID-19 and Access to Mental Health Tools and Information

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COVID-19 Update:  Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) will continue to monitor the COVID-19 activity in the community and provide guidance on how best to keep our staff, physicians and patients safe as restrictions have lifted within community. 

As a reminder, please attend your in-person appointment if you are not experiencing symptoms and are not required to self-isolate for any reason. If you are required to self-isolate or are experiencing mild symptoms, and are feeling well enough to participate, please contact your health care provider to have your appointment take place over virtual care.

Our Mental Health and Addictions Program staff and clinics continue to follow current Nova Scotia Health COVID-19 guidelines, which include continued use of masks and social distancing at all Nova Scotia Health locations. We recognize that Public Health COVID-19 Guidelines for the broader community have removed these requirements, however Nova Scotia Health needs to ensure we keep our health care environments, and those that we serve, as safe as possible. As a reminder, wearing a mask is a requirement when attending your in-person appointment with Mental Health and Addictions Program. We ask that you wear a mask to help protect yourself, and to help protect staff as maintaining physical distance can sometimes be difficult.

We want to remind you to please continue to provide us with notice of cancellations whenever possible. If you provide us with sufficient notice to cancel, we're able to offer your space to someone else. 

It is our goal to do everything we can to continue to keep you safe, and keep our Mental Health and Addictions Program staff healthy and safe so they can remain available to provide care and support during this time.

Thank you, and stay well.


For information from Nova Scotia Health about COVID-19, including news, resources and visitor restrictions, visit 

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We’re here to help. COVID-19 and the recent tragedies in Nova Scotia have been hard on our communities.

Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Additions clinicians are available and can meet with you in person, over the phone or through virtual video visit software, which is safe and private. Free, anonymous self-help options are also available. Watch the video below to learn more.


Online mental health and addictions services

  • Mindwell U: An online challenge that takes just five minutes a day, and can be accessed anywhere and on any device.
  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO):  A private online resource available to Nova Scotians. It includes interactive activities and videos for people having challenges with their mental health.
  • Togetherall: A safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.
  • Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support: Online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.
  • Gambling Support Network: Online support for those experiencing gambling problems and/or harms.

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