211 Nova Scotia
Confidential information and referral service for community and social services available across the province.
Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (MHMCT)
Provides crisis support for children, youth, and adults experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, including thoughts of suicide.
1-888-429-8167 (Toll Free)
Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia (CMHA NS) Division
Dedicated to promoting the mental health of all Nova Scotians through advocacy, education, research and service. Also offers general mental health information and resource referral. To find a branch near you please contact us.
1-877-466-6606 (Toll Free)
Hours: Monday–Friday | 830 am – 430 pm |
Grief & Bereavement:
Nova Scotia Health Authority Bereavement Support
Helps support the friends and families of patients who are admitted to palliative care. If you need help, a listening ear or would like more information please contact:
Dartmouth General Hospital Grief Support Group
Group support for anyone who has lost a loved one in the past year.
Hospice Society of Greater Halifax Bereavement Support Group
Trained facilitators guide discussion and provide information about loss and grief.
An ongoing weekly support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them
Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
Offers assistance by providing information, resources, education and support.
T: 902-422-7961 or 1-800-611-6345 (Toll Free Within NS)
Newcomers to Nova Scotia:
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
ISANS recognizes the key role of immigrants in Canadian society. They work with newcomers to help them build a future in Canada. ISANS provides a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace.
Hours: Monday–Friday | 830am – 430pm
Youth & Young Adults:
HRM University Supports
Shifting the culture of how youth and their families transition from pediatric to adult-based mental health services, and supporting collaborative pathways between universities and mental health and addiction services when needed.
For more information, contact Deborah Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view our new Indigenous Health and Safety page, please click here.
Nova Scotia CAST Coalitions:
Through the development and sustainability of Nova Scotia CAST Coalitions, the CAST Program is supporting community members to address suicide in their respective areas.
Coming Together to Address a Community Need
The CAST Program believes that communities are their own experts, and that members of a community have many valuable skills and abilities regarding suicide prevention; therefore, a community can determine the best way to address suicide.
The Coalition Model has proven successful in changing attitudes and behaviours addressing a variety of issues linked to population health. The CAST Program is pleased to be using this model to address suicide prevention and loss at the community level.
Bring Together Diverse Skills & Backgrounds
Addressing suicide cuts across many disciplines and traditional boundaries. It requires the efforts of people from a variety of backgrounds and helping experiences.
CAST Coalition Members can include family members and friends of loved ones who have attempted or died by suicide, professionals who are working to prevent suicide, those who have personally struggled with suicide, as well as any community member who is interested in addressing the issue.
Creating a Community Plan to Address Suicide
Coalitions work together with CAST to create a plan to address suicide in their unique community. This plan identifies what resources and supports already exist in the community, how communities can improve collaboration to prevent suicide and support those affected, and what resources or supports are missing.
Coalitions then work with CAST to ensure that the appropriate services and resources are available, accessible, and well-delivered within the community, while raising awareness of important suicide prevention, intervention and postvention issues.
CAST supports Coalitions in taking the steps identified by the community towards suicide-safer living.
Nova Scotia CAST Coalitions
Annapolis Valley CAST Coalition
Baddeck CAST Coalition
South Shore CAST Coalition
Cumberland County CAST Coalition
Colchester-East Hants CAST Coalition
East Preston Empowerment Academy CAST Coalition
Nova Scotia Virtual Faith Community CAST Coalition
Pictou County CAST Coalition
Quad Counties CAST Coalition
Sydney CAST Coalition
Tri-Community CAST Coalition
Tri-County CAST Coalition
If you are interested in learning more about the work of our Nova Scotia CAST Coalitions, the development of a CAST Coalition, or if would like to volunteer your time through CAST Coalition activities in your area, please contact the CAST Program.