Wellness Together Canada portal: A message from Health Canada/Le portal l’Espace mieux être Canada : un message de Santé Canada

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Wellness Together Canada — Mental health resources for people of all ages

More than a year after the implementation of public health measures, the COVID-19 pandemic is still causing stress and uncertainty to individuals and families across the country. If you or a loved one is going through a difficult time or if you are looking for resources to improve or nurture your well-being, please visit the Wellness Together Canada portal.


Through this service, individuals of all ages can access supports ranging from self-assessment and peer support, to sessions with social workers, psychologists and other professionals. Specialized supports for specific populations such as youth and frontline workers are also available.


Online mental health and substance use supports offered by the portal are free and confidential, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in English and French, and over the phone for those without internet access. With simultaneous interpretation available, it is possible to have consultation sessions by phone in more than 200 languages and dialects.


During Mental Health Week (May 3-9), we invite you to share this message with your clients, partners and members of your respective networks. Please also feel free to subscribe and amplify our social media posts on:


Thank you for helping us to spread the word!


Health Canada Atlantic Region



Espace mieux-être Canada — Des ressources en santé mentale pour les gens de tout âge

Plus d’un an après la mise en place des mesures de santé publique, la pandémie de COVID-19 suscite encore du stress et d’incertitude chez plusieurs personnes et familles de partout au pays. Si vous ou un proche vivez des moments difficiles ou si vous cherchez des ressources pour améliorer ou cultiver votre bien-être, visitez le portail Espace mieux-être Canada.


Grâce à ce service, les gens de tout âge peuvent obtenir divers types de soutien, comme des outils d’autoévaluation, du soutien par les pairs ou des séances avec des travailleurs sociaux, des psychologues et d’autres professionnels. Des services spécialisés pour des populations spécifiques telles que les jeunes et les travailleurs de première ligne sont aussi offerts.


Les services de soutien en ligne en matière de santé mentale et de consommation de substances offerts par le portail sont gratuits et confidentiels, disponibles 24 heures par jour, sept jours par semaine, en français et en anglais; et par téléphone pour les gens qui n’ont pas accès à Internet. Grâce à l’interprétation simultanée, il est possible d’avoir des séances de consultation téléphonique dans plus de 200 langues et dialectes.


Dans le cadre de la prochaine Semaine de la santé mentale (semaine du 3 au 9 mai), n’hésitez pas à partager ce message avec vos clients, vos partenaires et les membres de vos réseaux respectifs. Nous vous invitons à vous abonner et à partager les publications issues de nos réseaux sociaux :


Merci de nous aider à passer le mot !


Santé Canada, région de l’Atlantique – Région de l’Atlantique


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Intake experience for Disability Support Program

The Department of Community Services (DCS) has implemented a new Intake Function. This new function focuses on re-defining the Intake experience for Disability Support Program (DSP) and Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA) applicants in a way that is needs-focused, support-driven and enhances the overall experience people have during Intake.

The new Intake Function will be a consolidated unit, with services delivered by a dedicated team of specialized Intake Caseworkers. A consolidated model means a more streamlined and consistent approach to Intake, which puts people and their needs first.

The Intake Function will be responsible for working with applicants and re-applicants to help determine which programs and services, including external resources, may best meet their needs. For DSP, the Intake Function will complete needs determination and registration, and if appropriate, assign an applicant to a Care Coordinator in their local office. It is important to note that financial eligibility will continue to be determined by Care Coordinators.

To expand access and better meet people’s needs, we’ll be providing a multi-channel approach to apply for Intake:
• by calling any DCS office or 1-877-424-1177 – callers will have the option to be routed to the next available Intake Caseworker
• by visiting any DCS office – upon arrival, they will be directed to an interview room where they will be connected, by phone, with an Intake Caseworker (in-person support will be provided when needed)
• through an online application option in the future – this option will be in addition to the phone & in-person services
These new channels mean that someone living at one end of the province will have access to the same services as someone living at another end of the province.

If you have any questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can be reached at 1-902-424-0932 between 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday, or by sending an email to <a href=”mailto:CCSU@novascotia.ca”>CCSU@novascotia.ca</a>.


Pair N’ Share

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were unable to hold our very popular annual Wine and Chocolate event in May. But don’t despair because we have decided to bring decadent Wine and Chocolate to you in a different way!
Order from our special Pair N’ Share (click here to go to our event site) website, where you can choose to pair local fine handcrafted chocolate from Petite Patrie Chocolate with wine from Planter’s Ridge Winery both located in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.
You can purchase one of our handpicked packages or create your own pairings. The sky’s the limit! Support local and treat yourself at the same time!
Order until June 30th*

Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Wine and Chocolate TastingOn Friday, May 22, 2020, our supporters will enjoy a Friday evening culinary indulgences – Wine & Chocolate! Presented by McKiggan Hebert Lawyers. Join us at Casino Nova Scotia will be filled with booths of specially selected wine and chocolate delicacies, mouthwatering appetizers, and special attraction vendors and activities to keep you engaged.


This evening of Wine & Chocolate Tasting typically sells out so be sure to reserve your spot today!

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Addressing Stigma: Chief Public Health Officer’s Annual Report on the State of Public Health in Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada would appreciate your help in raising awareness about The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2019: Addressing Stigma: Towards a More Inclusive Health System.


This report looks at health trends in Canada, and focuses on understanding and addressing the impact of stigma on our health.


Stigma is a fundamental cause of health inequity. It blocks access to health services, negatively affects both mental and physical health, and exposes people to violence and trauma. It also keeps people away from the resources they need to live a healthy life, such as having housing, an income and accessible health services.


Medical Assistance In Dying Consultation

Please be aware that the Gov. of Canada is conducting a consultation on medical assistance in dying. They have released a questionnaire for people and organizations to provide best advice. There is a short turnaround for replies, two weeks.

I encourage you and your members to complete the questionnaire below.


Here is an article for review if you want more information on this issue.



Try Wheelchair Curling

On Saturday October 5th, 2019 NS Wheelchair Curling will be holding a “Try Wheelchair Curling” event at Lakeshore Curling Club starting at 3.00pm and ending at 5.00pm.

Lakeshore Curling Club is located in the Sackville Sports Stadium at 409 Glendale Avenue in Lower Sackville. It has plenty of parking and is served by Access-A-Bus.
Did I mention this event is FREE! Yes the FREE KIND!
Just wear a warm jacket, bring gloves and “if” you use a seatbelt on your wheelchair please bring that as well. No open toed shoes are permitted on the ice.

We will supply the necessary equipment.

Spread the word!

NS Wheelchair Curling has a Facebook site “Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling”. Give us a tweet if you are on twitter. Spread the word! These kinds of opportunities “The Free Kind” do not come around often these days.

The time is now! We can be contacted at curlingwheelchair@gmail.com or by telephone at 902-456-8192.