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Community outreach workers build relationships from the ground up

A woman with long brown hair is wearing a black t-shirt with a white dress shirt open and a brown purse strap is smiling at the camera.

By actively participating in local farmers’ markets, workshops, wellness events, and various other community gatherings, these dedicated professionals ensure a visible and approachable presence within the community. 

Their involvement in these events is not just about being present but about engaging with community members on a personal level.

Through their efforts, outreach workers help to ease access to vital services and support systems. 

They do this by taking the time to get to know individuals and families, listening to their needs and concerns, and building meaningful connections. This personalized approach allows them to understand the unique challenges and requirements of the community, facilitating a more tailored and effective connection to the necessary resources.

By fostering these relationships and maintaining a consistent presence, Community Wellness Support outreach workers bridge gaps between community members and the mental health services they may require. Their work promotes awareness of available resources to destigmatize seeking help, creating a supportive environment where mental wellness can thrive. Through their dedicated outreach, they contribute significantly to the overall health and well-being of Colchester and East Hants communities.

Jodi White, community outreach worker, reflects on her role, "I've had the privilege of meeting the people, hearing their stories, and feeling their community pride. This firsthand experience has been invaluable, allowing me to understand the existing community strengths and capacities, as well as the gaps in services. Their resilience and the support they show for each other is truly inspiring."

Our community outreach workers participate in many community-led activities. They enjoy getting to know people and the work of community-based organizations. They can help connect you or someone you know to the Mental Health and Addictions Program. We also encourage people to contact Nova Scotia Health's Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Intake Service by calling (toll-free) 1-855-922-1122 to talk with trained clinicians who can help match their needs with services. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Voicemail is available after hours.

Photo of community outreach worker, Jodi White, by Maureen Wheeler.

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