Community Resources




Nova Scotia 211

211 is here to help you find the right community and social services.  Since February 2013, we have provided over 4000 services to help you find what you need- for free, 24 hours a day and in over 100 languages.  You can access this service online or over the phone.  Just dial 211 to call

Search for information on:

  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Seniors’ services and home care
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Government program assistance
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support
  • and much more…….

Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line  1 800 668-6868

This new provincial-wide service is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide mental health crisis intervention. The crisis line is staffed by licensed clinicians with a background in social work, nursing or occupational therapy.  Staff will triage and assess each call for risk and safety issues, and will help the caller cope with their issue.


Kid's Help Phone   1 800 668-6868

According to their website, Kids Help Phone's telephone counselling is


*Anonymous (we don't have call display)

* Confidential

* Available from anywhere in Canada

* Toll-free (doesn't cost anything)

*Immediate (open 24/7)

*Staffed by professional counsellors

 Kid's Help Phone has also recently launched an online resource for kids and teens, where you can find lots of information and ask questions online. Click here to access it.

Metro Help Line 421-1188

·         Available to residents of Metro Halifax, all ages.

·         Offers information, referrals, lay counselling, and crisis and suicide intervention.

·         Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., daily


The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free) 

(MHMCT) provides intervention and short term crisis management for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. We offer telephone intervention throughout the Capital District and mobile response in areas served by Halifax Regional Police including Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford. Our support is confidential, non-judgmental and respectful.

MHMCT also supports families, friends, community agencies and others to manage mental health crisis through education, outreach and consultation.

Telephone response: 9 a.m. – 5 a.m. Mobile response: 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.

 (above information taken from their website)

The Incredible Years

This 12-week program is offered free by the IWK for any interested parents.  It has been shown to be effective in helping reduce aggression and behaviour problems, as well as improving kids' ability to handle challenging social situations.  The focus is on parenting skills and building positive relationships.  Sessions are held at the East Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club, and usually fill up fast.  You can contact the IWK at 460-4555 to register.


Parenting Journey

This family support program is funded through the NS Department of Community Services.  It is voluntary and not connected to Child Protection, and offers free in home support for families with children aged 3-16.  Help is offered in any of the following areas:

          *Child & youth development          * Parent-child bonding

          *Parenting skills                             * Discipline and guidance

          *Social networking                         * Attachment and nurturing

          * Stress management                     * Problem solving

          * Communication skills                  * Family life management

          * Community resources

The contact person for our area is Tamara Thomas at the East Preston Family Resource Centre.  Phone: 444-8071 Fax: 444-3527 Email:


Strongest Families Institute

The Strongest Families research team works hand in hand with families in Nova Scotia, helping them manage children’s anxiety and behaviour disorders so the family can thrive.  Free counselling and support are offered by phone during scheduled appointments.  Call Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie at 1 866 470-7111 to find out more or become involved.  Check out the website above for more details, or the Strongest Families Facebook/Twitter accounts. 


Canadian Parents Website

·         An online parenting community

Parent Help Line

·        Although this service was closed down in 2006, there is still an active Links Library attached to the site, with many helpful resources.


Halifax Recreation

·         Information about recreational opportunities available to people of all ages at a reasonable cost through the HRM.

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