Calling Nova Scotia home means ocean views, active living and welcoming communities. Practicing here means working with passionate colleagues, providing world class care, and helping people be healthy and stay healthy, for generations. The Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and collaborative community-based programs across the province.
The Smoking Cessation Program offers group counselling for individuals interested in quitting or cutting back on their use of tobacco. During group sessions, participants are given opportunities to share concerns, successes, ask questions and support each other. Nicotine replacement products may also be available as part of the support in reducing tobacco use.
Mental Health and Addictions Health Promotion staff collaborate with numerous partners and stakeholders to undertake initiatives that broaden awareness and action related to mental health disorders, harmful substance use or gambling. These initiatives include knowledge exchange and transfer, social marketing and communications, and the development of healthy public policy for community.
The Provincial Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment Program provides assessment and treatment to individuals living in the community who have been convicted of a sex offence and are on parole or probation. The goal of the program is to increase client life satisfaction and to make communities safer by minimizing the likelihood of repeat offences.
The Opioid Treatment and Recovery Program offers opioid maintenance therapy (methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone) and programming to individuals with an addiction to opioids. From a harm reduction perspective, the program supports clients on their personal recovery journey and enhances their overall wellbeing. It includes assessment, treatment planning, relapse prevention and supportive counselling which is provided by a team of health care professionals.
Inpatient Withdrawal Management Units support individuals requiring medical management of withdrawal. Admission to these units are part of an overall treatment plan.
The Inpatient Mental Health Unit provides care to those, who because of the severity of their illness, are unable to be treated in the community. Inpatient stays are intended to return patients to their optimal level of functioning.
If you need help immediately, call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.
Mental health and addiction clinicians work as part of the health care team in First Nations communities to provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and outreach services for individuals with mental health disorders, harmful substance use or gambling problems. Clinicians work with other mental health and addictions services as required.
The IWK Health Centre provides children and adolescents throughout the province with specialized mental health and addictions services. To learn more about these services visit the IWK Health Centre website.