Emergency Mental Health cases are seen immediately. If you are facing a crisis, call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-429-8167, or call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Mental Health & Addictions Child and Adolescent Services

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Wait-times for Community Mental Health and Addictions
The Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), and the IWK Health Centre are working together to improve access to mental health and addictions care and support for Nova Scotians. We are committed to having the right services, in the right place, at the right time, and delivered by the right provider for patients.

In 2018-19 we are standardizing the way we collect and report wait-times for Community Mental Health and Addictions clinic appointments. Wait time standards have been chosen and waits will be reported online by triage level.

A person’s triage level is determined by their condition as assessed by clinicians working in intake or referral. In providing care and treatment based on clinical assessment, people triaged as urgent receive care before people triaged as non-urgent.

  • Triage 1: Emergency, no wait--patients immediate access to care through emergency or crisis services
  • Triage 2: Urgent, target is within seven days
  • Triage 3: Non-Urgent, target is within 28 days
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Wait Times


Facility 90% 50%
NSHA Northern Zone
9 days
4 days
NSHA Eastern Zone
7 days
5 days
12 days
7 days
NSHA Western Zone
19 days
7 days


Facility 90% 50%
Aberdeen Regional clinics
27 days
9 days
Windsor clinic
46 days
21 days
Cumberland County clinics
56 days
23 days
70 days
29 days
Guysborough Antigonish clinics
56 days
31 days
Colchester Regional clinics
56 days
33 days
Valley Regional clinics
58 days
37 days
Industrial Cape Breton clinics
76 days
38 days
Yarmouth Regional clinics
77 days
40 days
South Shore Regional clinics
64 days
42 days
Rural Cape Breton clinics
84 days
56 days

Reduce your wait time

Not all wait times are the same, and you may reduce your wait time for health care services. Explore options and talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Talk to your doctor

Wait time information can help you and your doctor make informed decisions. Find wait times and share the numbers with your healthcare provider.