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COVID-19 and Access to Mental Health Tools and Information

June 2021 Update: We would like to let you know that beginning Thursday, June 10, we will be starting to increase our in-person supports and services.

We will be increasing our in-person group treatment a week later starting June 17.

In-person visits will be a joint decision taking into account personal preference and your health care provider clinical recommendation. We also need to consider the Mental Health and Addictions team's and location's ability to follow current Public Health COVID-19 guidelines. 

If you currently have an existing virtual or in-person appointment with us, please keep it. If you have been pre-booked for a virtual appointment that appointment will continue to be done virtually. Moving forward we will make every effort to take into account your preference for virtual or in-person care and support.

As a reminder, for all in-person appointments, please keep it if you are symptom-free and not required to self-isolate for any reason. If you are isolating and feeling well enough to participate, virtual care is a great way to connect with care and support. 

As we begin to increase our in-person supports and services, including group treatment, our Mental Health and Addictions staff and clinics will 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. 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 staff healthy and safe so they can remain available to provide care and support during this time. Thank you, and stay well.

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For information from Nova Scotia Health about COVID-19, including news, resources and visitor restrictions, visit http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus 

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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. 
  • 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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