Mental Health, Domestic Violence & Other Important Resources

Dear members,

We understand that the COVID-19 crisis poses a number of very serious issues for our members. This is a time that many people may be feeling anxious, depressed, or vulnerable, and may need to access support to help get them through this difficult time. Even if you aren’t personally dealing with these feelings, members of your household may be dealing with mental health issues, and this certainly would affect all family members.

We would like to encourage anyone who is need of extra support during this time to access the following resources for assistance.

The Department of Health & Wellness recently launched two provincial online programs called ICAN and MindwellU:

Here are some additional resources that may be available and helpful to you or your loved ones:

  • EFAP Employee Assistant Program (for Civil Servants & Health Care workers) 1-800-461-5558
  • Mental Health & Addictions Intake Services – Call toll-free 1-855-922-1122
  • Mental Health Crisis Line 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free, available 24 hours, seven days a week)
  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free, available 24 hours, seven days a week)
  • 211 Nova Scotia is a free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.
  • Every Woman’s Centre (Sydney) – (902) 567-1212
  • Transition House – (902) 429-7287

Moreover, here is a list of resources available in the Northern, Western and Central regions in the province: https://nsgeu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/merged-community-supports.pdf

Finally, if you or a family member is in crisis, call 911 or go to your closest emergency department.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones during this difficult time. We will get through this by leaning on others, and offering assistance where we are able to.

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