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COVID-19 and Access to Mental Health Tools and Information

News / Program Updates

January COVID-19 Update: We have begun to see a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the province. With the new Omicron variant, the province has announced the return to province wide restrictions including physical distance and gathering limits to help protect Nova Scotians and the health system. Moving forward, we will be asking clients to support virtual appointments, including group treatment. In-person appointments will continue to be supported where clinically necessary. In-person group treatment will be temporarily paused until the end of January.

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 Public Health COVID-19 guidelines. 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 hope that we can 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: A free online challenge that takes just five minutes a day, and can be accessed anywhere and on any device.
  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO):  A free and private online resource available to Nova Scotians. It includes interactive activities and videos for people having challenges with their mental health.
  • Breaking Free: This free and confidential app is designed to increase your wellness and sense of control over alcohol or drugs, or anything else that may be causing you difficulties. NS service code: NSBFO21
  • Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support: Free 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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