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National Eating Disorders
HelpLine

1-866-633-4220

Canada’s only National Toll-Free Helpline providing information on treatment options and/or support to Canadians who are directly or indirectly affected by eating disorders and related concerns.
Monday - Friday 9.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. EST

You can also email them: nedic@uhn.ca

Mental Health
Mobile Crisis Team

1-888-429-8167

Provides telephone crisis support 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis in HRM. The Team includes mental health professionals and police officers that are designated to the crisis service. Support is confidential, non-judgmental and respectful.

211 Nova Scotia
 

211

Navigating the expansive network of community and social services provided by government and the not for profit sector can be challenging. Through 211, over 4000 community and social services available across the province are now just a phone call or mouse click away.

Outside of Nova Scotia? Toll Free:
1-855-466-4994


Peer Support

Group Support

For adults living with eating disorders/disordered eating. Groups are led by trained, recovered facilitators.

Individual Support

Trained, recovered individuals provide mentoring on a one-to-one basis for all ages.

On-Line Peer Support

Looking Glass Foundation

Free, regularly scheduled real time online peer support service.

We Bite Back

We Bite Back is an eating disorder recovery community. Their forum is a safe, healthy place where you can share your worries and ask for advice.

Family and Friends Peer Support Group

For anyone who cares for someone living with an eating disorder, these monthly drop in groups are facilitated by parents.

HRM

The last Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm Mumford Road Sobey’s Community Room.

Kelly 902-488-5008
Sydney

The 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 pm Prince Street Sobey’s Community Room

Nancy 902-565-6610
Annapolis Valley

The 4th Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm
’Youth Drop In Centre’ at the Louis Millet Community Complex, Commerical Street, New Minas

Brigitte 902-691-2319, or Laura 902-840-1495
Treatment Options

Specialty Services

Capital Health Eating Disorders Clinic – Halifax

Group treatment: outpatient, inpatient, day hospital for 18 years and older.
Patients are encouraged to seek a Referral Form from your family doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist. Once the referral is received, an assessment survey/questionnaire will be sent to the patient. It is important for this to be completed in order for the referral to be processed. When the referral is processed, the patient will then be contacted for an individual assessment. If appropriate, the individual will be placed on the wait-list for a pre-treatment group, called the Stages or referred to the Inpatient or Day Hospital Program.

The Stages is a four-session group that helps individuals learn more about the role of their eating disorders and readiness to engage in treatment. If our services meet the needs of the individual and they are willing to engage in treatment, a treatment schedule will be designed specifically for them.

Telephone: 902-473-6288 www.cdha.nshealth.ca

For emergency care, go to your nearest emergency room or call the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 toll free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

IWK Health Center - Halifax

Mental Health and Addictions Program offers services to children and youth until the 19th birthday.
Individuals wanting to make a referral to the Eating Disorders team will have initial contact through Central Referral where you will be asked through a phone interview information about your child’s current presenting problem, including issues related to their eating. You will be asked to make an appointment with your family doctor so that a Physician Referral form can be filled out and sent to the Eating Disorder team. The Eating Disorder team uses this information to triage referrals. Central Referral may also provide you with the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team phone number 902-429-8167 or direct you to go to the Emergency Department if there are immediate concerns regarding your child’s health.

The IWK has an Eating Disorders team, including a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Dietitian, Nurse and Social Worker, who provide outpatient therapy to individuals with eating disorders. The IWK also offers outpatient therapy through Community Mental Health clinics in Dartmouth, Sackville and Halifax. Patients are referred to the most appropriate services once all relevant information is obtained. Patients may self-refer to Central Referral, but a physician referral will be necessary prior to assessment.

902-464-4110 (Central Referral) iwk.nshealth.ca

For emergency care contact the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team 902-429-8167 or go to the IWK Emergency Department.

Treatment Across Nova Scotia

DHA 1 South Shore Health

South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, NS
Program for Children and adolescent team.
Emergency care is available from Monday to Friday. The Early Response Service is available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. On evenings, weekends and holidays, go to the nearest hospital emergency department.

902-543-4604 ext. 2313 902-527-5292
DHA 2 South West Health

Digby, Nova Scotia
Digby Mental Health Program for children, youth and adults.
Individuals calling about eating disorder services are asked to call the mental health program, a staff member will triage. Only outpatient services is available. Fore referral requirements must have mental health concern. A doctor’s referral is not required. For emergency care, go to your nearest emergency room, or call the Nova Scotia Mental Health 24/7 Crisis Line 1-888-429-8167.

902-245-4709 902-245-2145
DHA 3 Annapolis Valley Health

Chipman Building, Kentville, NS
Mental Health & Addictions Services for children, youth and adult's
When calling for Eating Disorder services your initial point of contact will be with the secretary to the Crisis Response and Intake team. After gathering basic information, the secretary will transfer the call to the intake worker. The intake worker will triage, request psychosocial information and if appropriate provide the client with a CHOICE appointment, using the CAPA model of care. When meeting with the clinician during the CHOICE appointment the client will be given the opportunity to explore care pathway options; this may include individual work with a clinical social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Our team also works in partnership with a dietician and Crisis Response Services. Within our district, only outpatient services are offered for eating disorders. If an inpatient stay is required the team will collaborate with the Eating Disorders clinic in the Capital District. There are several clinicians working within our mental health system who are able to work with clients living with eating disorders.

902-365-1701, ext. 3709 902-678-4917

For emergency care, contact your family physician, call 9-1-1, call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-429-8167 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

DHA 4 Colchester East Hants Health Authority

Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, NS
Mental Health and Addiction Services for all ages.
There is an adult inpatient unit at the Health Centre as needed.
All individuals call to 902-893-5526 for Mental Health and Addiction Services will be forwarded to the appropriate person. If it is a referral, you will be forwarded to the triage clerk who will either answer the phone or call you back as soon as possible. This person will take down your basic information (name, age, address) and book you into a screening appointment with one of the clinics therapists. The screening will usually occur within two weeks for mental health services and 24 hours for addiction services. Individuals can self-refer to our programs. For individuals wanting addiction services, they must call themselves.

902-893-5526 902-893-5551

For emergency care, if someone is in crisis, they can contact Crisis at 902-896-2606 or go to the Emergency Department at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre.

DHA 5 Cumberland Health Authority

Amherst, NS
Cumberland Mental Health Services for individuals throughout the lifespan.
When calling, you will speak with one of our receptionists who may encourage you to seek a referral to access mental health services from your family doctor or any supporting agency you are involved with for your well-being (i.e., Dietician, Nurse Practitioner, Family Doctor). In addition, you may have an opportunity to speak with a staff person with expertise in the area of eating disorders who is familiar with local and provincial resources as it relates to eating disorders. If this is an emergency situation, you may access our local ER department where, if appropriate and following triage, a mental health staff person will consult. Cumberland Mental Health Services provides Child/Adolescent and Adult outpatient mental health services in the form of individual, group therapy and/or psychiatry.

All staff are licensed professionals in their respective fields, Social Work, Psychology, and Psychiatry, and along with being generalists, have specific skill sets to treat a variety of mental health issues. Clinic services are available Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and occasionally during Tuesday evenings by appointment. Referral is through your family doctor, one of the nurse practitioners located in Parrsboro, Advocate, Springhill and Pugwash, through community agencies or through schools. An Early Response Service for emergency and urgent situations is accessed through your hospital Emergency Department or family doctor. After hours and on weekends, emergency or urgent situations are managed through the Emergency Department of local hospitals or other community-based agencies with whom we are affiliated.

902-667-3879 902-667-5959

There is also a toll free provincial mental health crisis line that can connect you with the appropriate resources at 1-888-429-8167.

DHA 6 Pictou County Health Authority

New Glasgow, NS
Mental Health Services

902-755-1137 / 902-752-7600 ext. 3111 902-928-0297
DHA 7 St. Martha’s Regional Hospital

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, NS
Child, Youth & Family Mental Health Services

902-867-4500, ext. 4760 902-863-4496
DHA 8 Cape Breton District Health Authority

Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, NS
Eating Disorders Clinic for all age groups

Individuals wishing to refer themselves (or professionals wishing to refer patients) to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital’s Eating Disorder Clinic (EDC) will be directed to the appropriate intake nurse (i.e., the intake nurse for Adult Mental Health, or the intake nurse for Child & Adolescent Mental Health). If the referral is considered suitable for the EDC, you will be contacted by the EDC to schedule your initial assessment.

Services provided by the EDC depend on the needs of the individual client. We provide primarily outpatient treatment and this represents the bulk of our programming. Families and family treatment is the cornerstone of our work with adolescents. Some individual outpatient work also takes place. We try to offer education sessions for families and loved ones as often as possible.

902-567-7742 for general information
902-567-7730 for referrals
902-567-7731 for child/adolescent referrals
902-567-7905 Eating Disorders Clinic

If you require emergency care, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency service.

Community Mental Health Services

General mental health services for adults. Community/outpatient and Shared Care Mental Health Services are provided by inter-disciplinary teams including clinicians and learners from nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, psychiatry and other health-care professions.

Services offered vary depending on the issues/illness the person presents with. Some people are seen for assessment only; others may have a set number of individual treatment sessions or group programs, while those with more serious and persistent illness, resulting in disability, are supported by the service over a longer period of time.

There are five mental health community/outpatient services in Capital Health offering services.

Bayers Road Community Mental Health

Bayers Road Centre

902-454-1400
Bedford/Sackville Community Mental Health

Cobequid Community Health Centre

902-865-3663
Cole Harbour/Eastern HRM Community Mental Health

Cole Harbour Place

902-434-3263
Dartmouth Community Mental Health

Belmont House

902-466-1830
West Hants Community Mental Health

Hants Community Hospital

902-792-2042

Emergency Psychiatric Services

The Mental Health Assessment Service operates as part of the QEII Emergency Department. The function of the service is to provide a psychiatric assessment and opinion and if necessary arrange appropriate intervention (i.e. outpatient follow-up or admission).

If a person believes they are in need of psychiatric treatment we recommend they first see their family doctor. If a problem is of so urgent a nature that a person cannot wait to see their doctor, or they have no doctor, they can go directly to the closest emergency department. That person will be seen by an emergency physician and based on their assessment will determine if an urgent mental health assessment is necessary or if there are other options that are more appropriate.

Other Helpful Websites
Kelty Eating Disorders

Kelty Eating Disorders provides information (in a variety of languages) videos, and information on treatment.

National Initiative for Eating Disorders

Toronto based advocacy and education programs and activities.

National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)

Canada’s national information center with resources, links, and a directory of service providers.

National Eating Disorders Association

US based non-profit eating disorders organization that provides information, referrals, support, prevention, conferences, and newsletters and great resources for parents.

Other Resources
Patient Representative, Mental Health

If you have any questions about your rights and responsibilities or about your care, you should bring this to the attention of a member of your health-care team. You may also contact a patient representative at:

902-473-2133 or toll-free: 1-855-799-0990
Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia

The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia is a voluntary professional organization established in 1965 to represent psychology in Nova Scotia. The psychologists listed on this website have supplied all the information regarding the nature of their practice, including areas of interest or practice.

902-422-9183 APNS.ca
Theravive-Find A Therapist

Theravive is a network of licensed and professional counselors, therapists, and psychologists who uphold clear, compassionate values in therapy. Theravive will help you get connected to the right professional, giving you a better direction, new goals, and a clearer understanding of how to get there. Therapists on Theravive specialize in every form of counseling, including anxiety, trauma / PTSD, depression, families, relationships, career, addictions, children, eating disorders, couples, and marriages.

Addictions Program

For anyone seeking help for an addiction—either their own or a loved one’s—or looking for support during your own recovery. Addictions Services help individuals think about change and support them in making healthy choices. Each person’s path is different. Staff are trained health-care professionals who are here to offer caring and non-judgmental support along the way. All of the services are free, completely confidential and available through self-referral; no external referral source is required.

  • Individual, couple or group counseling
  • Support for family members and others affected
  • Workshops and educational sessions
  • Recovery and Structured Relapse Prevention groups and Recreational Therapy
902-424-8866 GetHelpStopping.ca
Community Support Services
Self Help Connection

Helping people connect to, or start their own self-help group. Also provides peer support, navigation and wellness planning.

902-466-2011 selfhelpconnection.ca
Laing House

Youth between ages 16 and 29 years who are living with mental illness like psychosis, anxiety or mood disorders.

902-425-9018 LaingHouse.org
Canadian Mental Health Association

A nation-wide voluntary organization promoting the mental health of all and supporting the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

902-455-5445 (Halifax/Dartmouth Branch) CMHAHALDART.ca
Healthy Minds Cooperative

A health-care cooperative that provides a variety of peer-based services to people living with mental illness and their families.

902-404-3504 HealthyMinds.ca