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As a leading community-based mental health agency, CMHA NS supports the resilience, recovery and well-being of people living with a mental illness and those experiencing mental health challenges across the province. We provide support through a broad range of social, educational, specialized and internal program and training.
Support is highly individual, but we know there are some things everyone needs to have good mental health — a purpose, safe, sustainable housing, connection and access to services. These are some of the the building blocks of wellness. Ensuring every Nova Scotian has access to these crucial supports is the foundation upon which our programming is built. Our programs are free, accessible and available to anyone living in Nova Scotia. Learn about our programs.
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- Project Hope
- CAST [Communities Addressing Suicide Together]
Communities Addressing Suicide Together [CAST] provides evidence-based suicide prevention training, education and resources to Nova Scotia communities. The CAST Program works with Nova Scotians to build and strengthen their capacity to address suicide at the community level; recognizing that everyone has the potential to make a difference and can contribute to a community that is safer from suicide. Learn more about CAST.
Our education and training team provides evidence-based training that is interactive, and solution-focused. We welcome opportunities to customize educational programs to meet the needs of businesses and organizations. Learn more about our training services.
Training services currently available include:
- Changing Minds
- Resilient Minds
- Mental Health in the Workplace
- Stress Management
- Rebuilding our Resilience
- Community Suicide Prevention
- Talk Today
BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program that helps adults and youth 15+ learn to manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Through telephone coaching and skill-building workbooks, participants can learn ways to overcome their symptoms and improve their mental well-being. Find out if Bounceback is right for you.
There are many different kinds of assistance available in Nova Scotia, and you should be able to find the help you need within your community. Our Resource page is designed to make it easy to find the help you need. Visit our Resource page. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Please let us know how we can better support you. We want to help! Email [email protected]
Our Resource Guide
Most often, it is a journey that takes place over a period of time. Sometimes this journey is brief, other times it may be lifelong; however, it all starts with a single, hopeful step towards better health, managing change, reaching goals, and maintaining hope requires personal effort as well as support from knowledgeable and trustworthy connections. This guide guide was created to help Nova Scotians find the opportunities, resources, and support they need to live well. Download our Resource Guide.
Pictou County Mental Wellness and Resilience Toolkit
The Pictou County Mental Wellness and Resilience Toolkit was created by CMHA NS Division and Pictou County Mental Wellness Roundtable Toolkit Working Group to provide tools, guided reflections, and information that can be used to support ourselves and others. This toolkit was created by CMHA NS Division and Pictou County Mental Wellness Roundtable Toolkit Working Group to provide tools, guided reflections, and information that can be used to support ourselves and others. The tools and activities within the guide can be used by anyone to support their mental health. Download the Toolkit
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Please let us know how we can better support you. We want to help! Email [email protected]
Research shows that strong parental/caregiver understanding and support is one of the protective factors when it comes to 2SLGBTQIA+ mental health and is important in reducing the risk of suicide in this higher-risk population. CMHA-NS understands that parents and caregivers need accurate and up-to-date education as well as access to peer support as they help the 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in their lives to grow and thrive.
In the fall of 2022, CMHA NS partnered with Roots of Hope to deliver a six-session webinar series with each session centered on a specific topic with a subject expert presenting or facilitating.
View and download our brochures and information about our programs.
CAST Resource Hub
The CAST program has an extensive Resource Hub where you can find information on suicide loss, suicide attempts, prevention, intervention, post-vention, safe messaging, risk factors, warning signs and much more! Visit the Resource Hub.
Maternal Mental Health Hub
Support and Resources to improve mothers’ Mental Health. Visit the Maternal Mental Health Hub.
Living with a mental illness can make you feel isolated. Peer support is emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness.
Our peer support groups are held in safe and respectful spaces, are confidential and accessible. CMHA NS offers two ongoing two core peer support groups, our Men’s Peer Support Group and Circle of Friends. Throughout the year we offer peer support groups to targeted populations and partner with a range of community groups throughout the province to deliver these groups. Learn more about our Peer Support groups.