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Mental Health Services
Yarmouth Mental Health Centre
60 Vancouver Street, Yarmouth, NS B5A 2P5
Shelburne Mental Health Centre
2nd Floor, Roseway Hospital
PO Box 610 1606 Lake Road, Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
Digby Mental Health Centre
3rd Floor, Digby General Hospital
PO Box 820, 75 Warwick Street, Digby, NS B0V 1A0
Phone: (902) 245-4709
Fax: (902) 245-2145
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Nova Scotia Mental Health 24/7 CRISIS LINE call: 1-888-429-8167
How to get mental health services:
A Doctor’s referral is not required.
After the Referral is Made
Once we receive the referral, a decision will be made about who can best help you and you will be notified as to when you can be seen.
If you need help right away
Contact the Mental Health Centre office or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
If the centre is closed, contact your family doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
Who provides services:
Services are provided by Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physicians, Community Support Workers, and Occupational Therapists.
Services for Adults
The Adult Service Team provides:
Services for Children and Youth
The Child and Youth Team provides:
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Or visit http://cyberscan.novascotia.ca/ for information about cyber-bullying and the Cyber-safety Act.
The Yarmouth Regional Hospital has an acute care Psychiatry Inpatient Unit that serves the District.
Information about you as a client is kept confidential. However, there are some limits to this that will be explained to you during your first contact.
Your opinions and feedback are valuable to us. If you have any concerns about services, please contact our management at: 742-3542 ext. 1158, 1548 or 1646
Early Response Service
Early response service staff provide service from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (except holidays) along with the Emergency Room physician, family physician or psychiatrists. Outside of those hours service is provided by the Emergency Room physician and/or family physician with psychiatry consultation available as required.
The roll of staff in this service is to manage all referrals and to provide bridging appointments with clients. The ERS clinician would book a bridging appointment if needed for the individual until they are assigned to a clinician on a permanent basis. An outpatient consult with a psychiatrist may also be arranged if deemed necessary.
Each referral is triaged by the early response service nurse. The nurse determines the level of emergency by talking with the person by telephone or in person.
● Emergency: The person is suffering from a mental health problem who is at immediate risk of harming self or others and/or a delay in treatment would threaten the person's life or ability.
● Urgent: The person is suffering from a mental health problem and requires support soon.
● Routine: The person needs an assessment but is not determined as being an emergency or urgent. A mental health assessment is assigned to a clinician within ten (10) days and must be done within 90 days.
Getting Help: When & How (link to the Cdn Mental Health Assn)
Mental Illness in the Family (link
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