Resources and Support Services: Nova Scotia

Crisis Lines/Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team – Crisis Response Service
Call: (902) 429-8167, 1-888-429-8167

Offers support to children, youth, and adults experiencing a mental health crisis including thoughts of suicide, distorted or psychotic thinking, intense anxiety, overwhelming depression, feeling unable to cope or feeling out of control.

Provides telephone support, problem-solving, assessing risk to safety and linking to appropriate resources within the hospital and/or community.

IWK Health Centre Mental Health and Addictions – Crisis Team
Walk in: 5850 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia

A psychiatric emergency is when a person is in immediate danger to him/herself due to compromised thinking and/or judgement. A psychiatric emergency may require hospital-based treatment.

A mental health crisis does not necessarily require hospital-based care and can be supported in the community by a team of mental health care providers. Examples include thoughts of suicide, distorted or psychotic thinking, intense anxiety, depression or the inability to cope.


Income Assistance

Nova Scotia Income Assistance
Call: 1-877-424-1177

The Income Assistance (IA) program provides people in financial need with assistance with basic needs such as food, rent, utilities like heat and electricity, and clothing. The program may also help you with other needs such as child care, transportation, prescription drugs, emergency dental care, and eye glasses.

Disability Support Program
Website

The Disability Support Program (DSP) serves children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities, long-term mental illness and physical disabilities in a range of community-based, residential and vocational/day programs.

These are voluntary programs designed to support people at various stages of their development and independence.


Housing

Metro Turning Point

2170 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2W4
Phone: 902.420.3282
Fax: 902.420.1018
Interim House Manager: Michelle Wheeler

Service Description

Provides shelter services to help with housing and health needs for men, trans individuals, and gender-nonconforming individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Guests must be willing to work on transitioning to housing, as applicable, and adhere to acceptable and appropriate conduct while staying at the shelter.

Barry House

2706 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3C7
Phone: 902.422-8324
Fax: 902.422.2046
House Manager: Amie Leslie

Service Description

Provides shelter services to help with housing and health needs for women, trans individuals, and gender nonconforming individuals and their dependent children who are experiencing homelessness. Guests must be willing to work on transitioning to housing, as applicable, and adhere to acceptable and appropriate conduct while staying at the shelter.

Herring Cove Apartments

191 Herring Cove Road
Halifax, NS, B3P 1K9
Office: 902-407-5063
Fax: 902-407-5058
House Director: Gina Wilson

Service Description

Herring Cove Apartments an affordable, supportive living environment dedicated to individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness and who have a long history of alcohol dependency.  Housing is provided in combination with 24 hour on site support staff, and is offered utilizing low barrier, harm reduction strategies.  Guided by Housing First principles, Herring Cove Apartments has the capacity to house twelve adults aged nineteen and older of any gender.

Halifax Housing Help
Call: (902) 423-8475

Service Description

Halifax Housing Help (HHH) is an innovative program responding to at‐risk individuals who have significant challenges in obtaining and retaining housing stability. Halifax Housing Help is both a housing support and trustee service offering case management to individuals experiencing barriers to finding and sustaining appropriate housing. Now in its tenth year of programming, HHH continues to offer services to some of the most vulnerable people within our community.


Food Banks

BAYERS WESTWOOD RESIDENT’S ASSOCIATION FOOD BANK
3495 McAlpine Ave.
Halifax, NS
B3K 2R5
PHONE: (902) 455-8953

BRUNSWICK STREET MISSION FOOD BANK
2107 Brunswick St
Halifax, NS
B3K 2Y4
PHONE: (902) 423-4605

EMMANUEL ANGLICAN CHURCH FOOD BANK
322 Herring Cove Rd
Halifax, NS
B3R 1M8
PHONE: (902) 477-1954

HALIFAX WEST ECUMENICAL FOOD BANK
50 Gesner Street
Halifax, NS
B3M 4H4
PHONE: (902) 443-1776

JESUS HOUSE HALIFAX
2760 Robie St.
Halifax, NS
B3K 4P2
PHONE: (902) 423-5629

MULGRAVE PARK TENANTS ASSOCIATION
27 Jarvis Lane 
Halifax, NS
B3K 3J3
PHONE: (902) 580-8899

SALVATION ARMY FAMILY SERVICES (HALIFAX)
2038 Gottingen St
Halifax, NS
B3K 3A9
PHONE: (902) 422-1598

ST. MARK’S FOOD BANK
5540 Russell St
Halifax, NS
B3K 1X2

ST. PAUL’S FAMILY RESOURCES INSTITUTE INC.
173 Old Sambro Rd
Halifax, NS
B3R 2H6
PHONE: (902) 477-5090