Capital District Health Authority's Mental Health Program, a collection of publicly-funded mental health services, is one source of help and support for mental illness. The people who work in the Mental Health Program provide services for people living in the Halifax Regional Municipality and West Hants. They support people at every stage of illness to manage their mental illness and improve their mental health.
People access mental health services in the Mental Health Program mainly through Community Mental Health or emergency and crisis services. People also access mental health services through other areas of the program. The cost of the services is covered by MSI. There are a wide range of mental health services available - at community locations and in hospitals - for people who have many different mental health needs.
These services are grouped into six categories:
- Community Mental Health
- Emergency and Crisis Services
- Acute Care
- Specialty Mental Health Services
- Recovery and Reintegration
- Forensic Mental Health Services (includes Offender Health and Sex Offender Program)
Mainly, services are available for adults and seniors. Some, however, also serve youth. The IWK Health Centre provides the majority of mental health services for children and youth.