Here’s a list of resources if you or someone you know needs further information, someone to talk to, or a contact in an emergency situation.
WHERE TO GET HELP
*From your curriculum, also on Handout 1
For all students participating in Healthy Relationships for Youth, it is important to know that there are resources available to help you if you are experiencing violence, bullying or abuse. If you need someone to talk to, provide support for you, or help you to work through personal issues, you can contact any of the following people in your school:
A teacher you trust
Youth Health Services Centre
Mi’kmaq Student Support Worker
Student Support Worker
Where to get help in the community…
Kids Help Line, Toll Free: 1-800-668-6868
Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-800-429-8167
Nova Scotia Youth Crisis Line- 1-877-521-1188
LGBTQ Info Line (Youth Project) – 902-429-5429
Mi’kmaq Family and Child Services: 1-800-263-8686
Native Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-877-209-1266
*All of these services are available to you and are free of charge
If you, a friend, peer or sibling have been involved in a self/peer (otherwise known as “sexting”) exploitation incident, NeedHelpNow.ca is here.
Covers a variety of youth issues, with live chat hours and forums updated regularly.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program (13 years and older)**
A SANE is a Registered Nurse who has advanced training and education in assisting sexual assault victims. Through this program, on-call SANE nurses provide immediate care and conduct forensic examinations of victims of sexual violence.
Our services are provided in a supportive, nonjudgmental, and confidential manner and can be obtained by calling 1-877-880-SANE(7263) or by contacting any of the following:
- Hospital ER
- SANE Coordinator
- St.FX Health & Counseling Centre
- Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre
- Your doctor
The SANE program provides:
- Emergency response, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Services to both females and males, 13 years of age and older
- a sensitive and thorough sexual assault examination and forensic examination (evidence collection)
- choices about whether or not to involve the police
- information about community resources that can be accessed for ongoing support
** If you are under 13 and need help in a sexual assault situation, please contact an adult you trust or the RCMP.
Please click the link for more information on the SANE program.
South House’s Sexual Health Resource Guide
This is a Halifax based guide to sexual health resources, but it provides lots of good online resources and phone lines that are province wide.
This organisation aims to address health and wellness concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals, who often face greater barriers to accurate and safe sexual health information. It also focuses on bullying, heteronormativity, homophobia, and exclusion.
“Roughly 10% of the total population is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. While LGBT people are as diverse as the rest of the population, they often share a common experience of stigma and discrimination, creating common health issues. These individuals are often faced with a range of health care risks that are often not addressed due to lack of knowledge of the patient’s sexual orientation, ignorance of specific health problems, previous negative personal experience, inappropriate or poor health care due to real or perceived homophobia or transphobia, and discrimination by health professionals and institutions.”
This YWCA link can direct you to sites for further information on a broad range of topics.
This is a list of resources and services put together by the Guysborough Community Health Board that are available to residents within the community. Note: this is the most current list available for the area but we will update it as soon as a new one comes out.
Cape Breton Highlands
capebretonhighlands – This is a list of contacts for resources and support in the Cape Breton Highlands area.
Here is contact information for two youth support workers in the area:
- Larrissa Verhoeven – Youth Outreach Worker, Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia p: 902-870-4795 (text or call), e: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rebecca Hoggard-Nauss – Inverness county SchoolsPlus Facilitator p: 902-258-5888, e: email@example.com