Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. If any questions were distressing and you would like to reach out for support, these are some national and regional services that can help you.
Hope for Wellness Help Line
Languages: Ojibway, Cree, Inuktut, English, French
Offers immediate 24/7 mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Culturally grounded assessment, referrals, support in times of crisis, and suicide intervention. Call Toll Free or chat with a counsellor online 1-855-242-3310 https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/
Kid’s Help Phone
Languages: English & French. Provides 24/7 anonymous and non-judgmental support to youth and teens. 1-800-668-6868 Online service at https://kidshelpphone.ca/.
Trans Lifeline/Trans Lifeline’s Family & Friends Line
Language: English. Provides support, information and resources to transgender or questioning people as well as to their families and friends. Operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all transgender self-identified. 1-877-330-6366 https://www.translifeline.org/hotline
Canadian Association of Suicide
Language: English. Provides educational materials and resources. Links to suicide prevention and intervention lines across Canada. https://www.suicideprevention.ca
Native Women’s Association of Canada
NWAC is committed to helping First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women, girls, and gender-diverse people with the support they need. Our team of in-house Elders are here to support you during this time, offering support and building resiliency. You can call them toll free Monday–Friday, from 9–11 a.m. EST and 1–3 p.m. EST. Please see our website for more information on how to contact them and on more regional services available.
National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence: Find a Shelter
Languages: English & French. Provides a list of shelters that specifically serve Indigenous women and children fleeing family violence, available in each province: http://nacafv.ca/shelters/
Languages: English & French This interactive online map is a fast and easy way for women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse to find the nearest shelter for safety, hope, and support.
The Knowledge Center on Gender-Based Violence
Languages: English & French. The Government of Canada has compiled a list of national, and provincial and territorial support services for people experiencing or impacted by gender-based violence.
The Canada Child Benefit (CCB)
A tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. If you are not already receiving this benefit, find out who is eligible and how to apply here.
AIDS Coalition of NS
AIDS Coalition of NS strives to create an environment in which people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS feel empowered and supported. Their aim is to end stigma and discrimination, and reduce new cases of HIV.
Egale works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues.
First Love Yourself (FLY902)
Transgender peer support for adults in Nova Scotia. They have regular peer support meetings as well as other events for trans and gender questioning people.
Gender Creative Kids Canada
Gender Creative Kids is a website that provides resources for supporting and affirming gender creative kids within their families, schools, and communities.
Halifax Sexual Health Clinic
The Halifax Sexual Health Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes sexual and reproductive health within an environment that respects confidentiality and supports individual choice.
IWK Services Directory Central Referral | Mental Health and Addiction Services
Central Referral can help you get an appointment for mental health and addictions services
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Atlantic Canadians. They operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province.
Simply Good Form
Simply Good Form offers professional
Canada-wide training and skills presentations to caregivers, early childhood educators and private and public sector businesses.
Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project
NSRAP seeks to foster change in our communities and our society at large so that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and included.
PFLAG, PFLAG Canada, PFLAG Halifax
PFLAG is the first and largest organization uniting LGBTQ people, families, and allies.
prideHealth works to improve access to health services which are safe, coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate for the pride community.
The South House (SoHo) is Halifax’s only full time gender justice centre. They are a volunteer driven, student funded, gender inclusive safe space for all members of our community.
The Youth Project
The Youth Project provides support and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.