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Nova Scotia Launches New Mental Health Support Peer Line

By Evan Taylor Oct 11, 2022 | 2:25 PM


On Wednesday Nova Scotia will launch its new Mental Health and Addictions Peer Support Line.

The toll-free line will connect those struggling with mental health and addiction challenges with trained peers who will have had their own experiences dealing with and overcoming those types of issues.

“Peer support plays a critical role in helping Nova Scotians overcome addiction and mental health challenges,” said Brian Comer, Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health. “This line offers a safe space for Nova Scotians who are struggling. Being able to connect with someone who has been where you are and who can relate with empathy can really build confidence and hope.”

As indicated by Minister Comer the line is designed with the hope that some people will be more willing to speak with someone who can relate to them.

In a release from the province, they included a few testimonials from peer support line workers that spoke to their experiences and desire to help.

“My own experience is what made me interested in providing peer support. Using my experiences to help others is fulfilling and healing and gives me purpose. There are many people who need somebody to listen to them. Struggling with mental health can be a lonely experience and, often, getting help can feel like a daunting task. It can be so encouraging to know that you can just dial a number and that someone is there to listen.”

-Tyler Simmonds, peer support worker


“Recovery can be lonely, and sometimes just having a listening ear makes all the difference. I want folks to know recovery is possible, and we can be a stepping stone on their recovery journey. This service is unique because of the reach it’s going to have. It makes talking to a peer supporter accessible to people who may not have that opportunity otherwise. Anyone can call us and know we will be there to listen.”

-Jessica, peer support worker


The peer support line will be open Wednesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. In most cases, people can speak with somebody the same or the next day.

The number for the peer support line is 1-800-307-1686.

The peer support line is not intended for crisis purposes, nor for people under the age of 18 as people falling under those categories already have specific lines dedicated to them with them being the Mental Health Crisis Line (1-888-429-8167) and the Kids Help Phone (1-800-686-6868) respectively.



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