Mental Health and Addictions – Emergency Mental Health and Addictions Service

Provided by: IWK Health Centre

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Service Description

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Provides care to children and youth up the age of 19 who present to the emergency department with a mental health and/or addictions concern.

Patients with a mental health and/or addictions concern who also present with an urgent or emergent medical concern will receive care and treatment for their medical concern first and then care is picked up by the mental health team. Mental health and/or addictions concerns and risk are assessed.

Crisis stabilization, psychoeducation, safety planning and disposition plan are completed by this team in collaboration with the ED team. The disposition plan includes next steps which could be admission to the inpatient unit, return to therapist, an appointment with Urgent Care Clinic, or follow up to be arranged by Central Referral.


Youth up to the age of 19 who are in need of mental health and addictions crisis intervention

Application Process

For emergency mental health and addictions help: Go to the IWK Health Centre emergency department, the emergency department closest to you, or dial 9-1-1

If you are experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis: Call the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line

Documents Required

Nova Scotia health card


No fees

Languages Offered


Coverage Area

Nova Scotia

Contact Details

Hours of Operation

24-hour service

IWK Health Centre – Children’s Emergency – Halifax

5850 University Avenue
Halifax NS  B3K 6R8
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Mailing Address:
5850 University Avenue
Halifax NS  B3K 6R8

Site Info

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Site Hours

24-hour service


Wheelchair accessible

Coverage Area

Nova Scotia • New Brunswick • Prince Edward Island