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I need immediate help
If you or someone else needs immediate medical care, are in immediate danger, or are a danger to themselves or others:
Go to: the IWK Health Centre Emergency Department or the emergency department closest to you
I'm worried about a child or youth
To report a concern of abuse or neglect:
Contact the Department of Community Services or Mi’kmaw Family & Children’s Services office where the child lives.
The list of offices can be found here. Find the office for the location where the child lives, and call the phone number listed.
After regular business hours, call 1 (866) 922-2434.
For more information, see: How to Report a Concern
I've been sexually assaulted
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre’s website provides information on the immediate medical and support services available in Nova Scotia for those who have experienced a recent sexual assault.
Created as part of Nova Scotia’s Sexual Violence Strategy, BreaktheSilenceNS.ca outlines the types of resources and formal supports available in Nova Scotia for those who have experienced sexual assault. It includes information on medical care, reporting to police, and supports available.
Sexual Assault Centres support victims/survivors of sexual violence, educate the public, and work to end sexualized violence in our society. The centres are staffed by trained and experienced professionals.
There are three Sexual Assault Centres in Nova Scotia:
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (Halifax)
Visit: Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
Call: (902) 422-4240
SANE Response Line: (902) 425-0122
Colchester Sexual Assault Centre (Truro)
Visit: Colchester Sexual Assault Centre
Call: (902) 897-4366
Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association (Antigonish)
Visit: Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association
Call: (902) 863-6221
SANE Response Line: 1 (877) 880-SANE (7263)
I need to talk to someone now
The Mental Health Crisis Telephone Line provides crisis intervention for children, youth and adults in Nova Scotia who are experiencing a mental health crisis or mental distress.
The service is available in Nova Scotia 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support callers who present with suicidal thoughts, self-harming thoughts or behaviors, overwhelming anxiety, difficulty coping with distress, psychotic or distorted thinking, depression, substance use difficulties or any other self-identified mental health concerns. The crisis line also supports families, friends, community agencies and others to manage mental health crisis through education, outreach and consultation.
The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team is a partnership of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Halifax Regional Police, and the IWK Health Centre.
Call: (902) 429-8167 (Halifax area)
Toll free: 1 (888) 429-8167 (Within Nova Scotia)
Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 support across Canada, including professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.
Visit: Kids Help Phone
Call: 1 (800) 668-6868
Live Online Chat: Kids Help Phone: Live Chat
Text: CONNECT to 686868
Crisis Text Line is powered by Kids Help Phone, and offers text-based support and connection with a trained crisis counselor. Available 24/7 for all ages.
Visit: Crisis Text Line
Text: WELLNESS to 741741 for Adults
Text: GOOD2TALKNS 686868 for Post Secondary students
This phone and text line is operated by Dalhousie Student Union, and offers confidential, non-judgemental, active listening and support to anyone who has experienced or has been affected by sexualized violence. You are not required to give any personal identifying information to receive support.
The Phone and Text Lines are open from 12pm – 12am, 7 days a week. If you are unable to get through immediately, try again later.
Call: (902) 425-1066
Text: (902) 425-1066
I'm looking for other resources
211 is a free, confidential information and referral service to more than 3,000 community and social services across Nova Scotia. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Visit: 211 Nova Scotia
Live Online Chat: 211 Nova Scotia: Live Chat
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