Health & Wellness Information

Mental Health Resources - Nova Scotia

A new virus like COVID-19 can create fear and anxiety. It is important to take care of your mental health and be aware of resources that can help yourself and others.

  • If you or a family member needs help with a mental health and addictions challenge, and would like to self-refer to a mental health and/or addictions clinic, service, program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre, call 1-855-922-1122, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health or addictions, crisis, please phone the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line (available 24/7) at 902.429.8167 or 1.888.429.8167, or call 911
  • Text CONNECT to 686868
  • Nova Scotians 18+ who want help with anxiety and depression can access the ICAN Anxiety Program, which provides access to a secure website, weekly telephone support from a coach and more

For more info:

To self-refer, go to:

A Letter from Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer for Health

My fellow Nova Scotians,

COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation, and I recognize this is a scary time for Nova Scotians. Public health officials are working closely with our colleagues across the country and our partners in Nova Scotia to limit the spread of the virus and increase capacity within the health system to respond.

During this state of emergency, we must all work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are important steps we are requiring all Nova Scotian to take:

  • Stay home as much as possible. When you are out, practice social distancing by limiting contact with other people (stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart) and have no more than 5 people together
  • Shop only for essentials, such as groceries and prescription medication and only have one person doing the shopping
  • If you've traveled outside the province, sell-isolate for 14 days
  • If you feel unwell, go to and use the self-assessment questionnaire to find out if you need to call 811
  • Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face and clean surfaces regularly

I understand that this situation maybe creating a lot of fear. This is normal. However, it's important that we respond, not in fear, but with caring, a sense of community and common sense. No one person is responsible, but we can all be part of the solution. If someone in your community is self isolating or ill, what they need Is your support, compassion and understanding. I encourage you to:

  • Check In with those closest to you by phone, text or social media
  • Have a video chat with someone in isolation
  • Make sure your neighbours have what they need
  • Encourage people to get information from reliable sources, like:

Following public health direction and supporting each other is how we will beat this virus.

For the latest information, advice and resource, visit:

For general information on novel coronavIrus information, call:

Toll-free: 1-833 784 4397

For updates on sodal media, follow:

We will continue to provide you with the late. Information to help you protect yourself, your family and community members. Thank you for your help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our province.

Dr. Robert Strang
Chief Medical Officer of Health
Province of Nova Scotia

Self Isolation - Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Self-isolation means staying home so we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

If you are returning from travel anywhere outside of Nova Scotia, you must now self-isolate for 14 days.

  • If you are living with someone who is required to self-isolate, others in the household do not need to self-isolate unless they become unwell. If they become unwell, the entire household will need to self-isolate
  • Phone, text, or video chat instead of having visitors to your home
  • Read our self isolation fact-sheet and share with friends and family:

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information at 

Coping with COVID-19

A new virus like COVID-19 can create fear and anxiety. The best ways to address concerns and support each other include:

  • Listen and provide reassurance – it's normal to have questions
  • Get information from reliable sources
  • Address questions and correct misinformation
  • Watch for discrimination or bullying related to COVID-19
  • Maintain normal routines and programming as much as possible

Learn more at

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at

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Walk to Exercise Not Socialize

If you don’t have symptoms and haven’t been told to self-isolate, you can go for a walk in your neighborhood or your yard. This should be for exercising, not to socialize with neighbors and friends. Help prevent the spread of #COVID19NS.

Provincial beaches and parks are closed but some trails are still open. Use trails in your immediate area if you can, as parking may be prohibited or unavailable in some locations.

Many trails are operated by municipalities and community groups – confirm they are open before going. Make sure you can maintain a social distance of 2 metres or 6 feet while on the trail to prevent the spread of #COVID19NS.

For more information go to the Province's reponse to COVID-19.

Provincial State of Emergency. Walk to exercise not socialize.

Know the Difference : Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19

Visit  Government of Canada's Know the difference : Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19

Download pdf Know the difference (428 KB)