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VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND VOLUNTEER GROUND SEARCH AND RESCUE TO GET ACCESS NEW MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS AT NO COST

Volunteer firefighters and volunteer members of ground search and rescue teams can now access new mental health supports – any time, at no cost.


The Nova Scotia Firefighter and Ground Search and Rescue Volunteer Assistance Program gives these first responders and their families access to a range of health and wellness services, including personal and family counselling, financial advice, stress management and nutrition advice, and more.


The program includes counselling from mental health clinicians, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in person, by phone or online.

There are about 6,000 volunteer firefighters and 1,200 ground search and rescue volunteers in Nova Scotia.


The service is part of a two-year pilot program with Telus Health that will help the government better understand the mental health needs of volunteer firefighters and ground search and rescue volunteers.


If you need help:

 

National suicide prevention line: 9-8-8

Mental health crisis line: 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free); it operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or people concerned about someone else

For non-crisis support: 1-855-922-1122 a mental health and addictions intake service where you will be matched with appropriate services.



A volunteer firefighter sprays hot spots in Shelburne County in June 2023. The Nova Scotia Firefighter and Ground Search and Rescue Volunteer Assistance Program is now available. (Communications Nova Scotia / File)

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