Mental Health and Addictions - About Us


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
Or call 911 or go to your closest emergency department.

Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) gives care and support to people with mental health disorders and substance/gambling addictions. This includes health promotion and prevention, and general and specialized treatment programs. These programs include outpatient/community-based programs, home/school-based interventions and inpatient services.

MHA believes in:

  1. Staff working together, both within NSHA and with the IWK and Dalhousie University Health Sciences Network 
  2. Giving patients and their families care, treatment and support throughout their lives
  3. Promoting positive mental health for all people, families and communities
  4. Making sure our actions and decisions are based on research and evidence-based practice
  5. Helping people to create hope, feel empowered, take responsibility and make their own decisions
  6. Supporting the possibility of recovery for any diagnosis, situation or age
  7. Supporting progressive solutions with community partners
  8. Including people with lived experience and their families in planning services, setting priorities and measuring outcomes
  9. Respecting diversity, addressing unfair treatment and offering culturally safe care
  10. Quality improvement, better use of data and meeting national standards
  11. Looking for ways to end stigma and discrimination

MHA works with other agencies, programs and experts, as well as the IWK Health Centre, to study the needs of people, communities and groups across Nova Scotia. This information helps us find out:

  • how we can give the best care to support recovery and ongoing needs
  • how and where to deliver this care
  • who should deliver this care

This website lists our services in communities, health centres and facilities. New information will be shared on this website when available.

Learn more about our programs and services: