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The East Coast Music Association is committed to mental health in our region and industry. The following are resources available to East Coast musicians and industry members who are experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency.

Mental Health Numbers:

Mental Health Emergencies
In all four Atlantic provinces you can call 911 when you are facing a mental health emergency.  

A mental health emergency is a life threatening situation in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disorientated or out of touch with reality, or otherwise is distraught and out of control. 

Examples of a Mental Health Emergency includes: 
• Acting on a suicide threat 
• Homicidal or threatening behavior 
• Self- injury needing immediate medical attention 
• Severely impaired by drugs or alcohol 
• Highly erratic or unusual behaviour that indicates very unpredictable behaviour.

Mental Health Crisis
Each province has services to assist a person facing a mental health crisis. A mental health crisis is a non-life threatening situation in which an individual is exhibiting extreme emotional disturbance or behavioural distress, considering harm to self or others, disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a compromised ability to function, or is otherwise agitated and unable to be calmed. 

Examples of a Mental Health Crisis includes: 
• Talking about suicide threats 
• Talking about threatening behavior 
• Self-injury, but not needing immediate medical attention 
• Alcohol or substance abuse 
• Highly erratic or unusual behavior 
• Eating disorders 
• Not taking their prescribed psychiatric medications 
• Emotionally distraught, very depressed, angry or anxious

Prince Edward Island

Island Helpline
24 hour province wide Serving Prince Edward Island
24 hour province wide bilingual service: 1-800-218-2885
P.O. Box 1033 Fredericton, PE E3B 5C2

Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Telephone Line is delivered by the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (MHMCT). This provincial service provides crisis intervention for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis or mental distress. 

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support callers who present with suicidal thoughts, self-harming thoughts or behaviours, overwhelming anxiety, difficulty coping with distress, psychotic or distorted thinking, depression, substance use difficulties or any other self-identified mental health concerns. Crisis is self-defined by the individual calling for support.  

The crisis line also supports families, friends, community agencies and others to manage mental health crisis through education, outreach and consultation. 

Offers telephone intervention across Nova Scotia and mobile response in most communities in Halifax Regional Municipality.
General Inquiries – (902) 429-8167
Toll free 24-hour Services – 1(888) 429-8167

New Brunswick

Chimo Helpline (Chimo Helpline Inc.)
Serving New Brunswick bilingually 24 hours/day
P.O. Box 1033, Fredericton, NB E3B 5C2
Provincial toll-free Crisis line: 1-800-667-5005
Fredericton area: 450-HELP (4357)
Business: (506) 450-2937
Fax: (506) 450-2156
email: chimo1@nb.aibn.com
website: http://www.chimohelpline.ca

Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador Mental Health Crisis Line

Local Telephone: (709) 737-4668 or

Toll Free:  (888) 737-4668

The Mental Health Crisis Centre provides 24 hour telephone based crisis intervention by professionally trained Crisis Interveners. This confidential service is available toll free across Newfoundland Labrador. This service is open to anyone in crisis, their caregivers or loved ones. The 24 hour crisis line is also available to health professionals on a consultative basis by phone. Crisis can include but is not limited to:

  • Relationships with family or friends
  • Addiction Issues
  • Financial Difficulties
  • School or work stress
  • Grief or Loss
  • Abuse or Traumatic Events
  • Illness

Mobile Crisis Response Team
Local Telephone: (709) 737-4668 or
Toll Free:  (888) 737-4668

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