A mental health advocate says there’s no question that talking is a positive step for mental health care, but it’s time to move beyond that.
Every January, Bell encourages people to have social media conversations about mental health. Lynn Yetman, executive director of the Healthy Minds Cooperative in Dartmouth, says this generation is already doing that and we need to ask the question: now what?
“Compared to 10 years ago, we’re already talking and we’re ready for action,” she says.
Yetman says communities and workplaces need to have easily accessible services for a variety of mental health concerns and these services need to offer more than just a conversation on the subject.
The Signal compiled a list of some of the mental health resources and organizations in the province. If you are in need of assistance or support, reach out to a support group in your area.
For immediate/emergency assistance:
Mental Health Crisis Line, available 24 hours, seven days a week.
Kids Help Phone, available 24 hours, seven days a week.
*Or call 911 or go to your closest emergency department.
For ongoing assistance:
Community Mental Health Clinics
Clinics provide a range of services to help people manage their mental illness and improve their mental health.
- Bayers Road Community Mental Health: 902-454-1400
- Bedford/Sackville Community Mental Health: 902-865-3663
- Cole Harbour/Eastern HRM Community Mental Health: 902-434-3263
- Dartmouth Community Mental Health: 902-466-1830
- West Hants Community Mental Health: 902-792-2042
A community based organization that offers peer support for individuals with eating disorders and their families, friends and partners.
A drop-in centre for people aged 16-29 living with a mood disorder, psychosis and/or an anxiety disorder.
A support and awareness campaign pairing service dogs with individuals experiencing PTSD, particularly first-responders.
The society offers support for people living with schizophrenia and their families.
Additional mental health organizations:
Provides a variety of peer-based services to people living with mental illness and their families, including assistance with navigating the mental health system.
Part of a nation-wide charitable organization. It promotes positive mental health and supports those experiencing and recovering from mental illness.
A resource for information and tools for self-help.
A not-for-profit corporation providing services to children and families seeking help for mental health and other issues. They provide teaching services, one-on-one sessions and phone and internet support.