Health and Community Services

Mental Health Programs

Mental health programs are offered throughout the province through the regional health authorities.

Programs include:

Acute Inpatient Services

Inpatient psychiatric services are available for adults in St. John’s, Grand Falls Winsor and Corner Brook. The Janeway Hospital in St. John’s has a 7 bed inpatient unit for children and youth.

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Community Mental Health Support Services

Professional staff are available in various locations throughout all regions to offer community based mental health services such as individual or family counseling and intervention services for children, youth and adults.

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Mental Health Crisis Line

This is a 24 hour, 7 day a week provincial telephone crisis service for people experiencing mental health problems. Call (709) 777-3200 or Toll Free 1-888-737-4668

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Mental Health Court

This is a specialized court that provides assessments to clients who have mental health and addictions problems and have come in conflict with the law. The court is staffed by lawyers, social workers and licensed practical nurses.

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Eating Disorder Program

Centre for Hope is a day treatment service located in St. John’s that serves the province’s children and adults dealing with eating disorders. It provides meal and weight management, medications, and individual, group, and family counseling through a multidisciplinary treatment team approach. For further information call 709 777-2041.

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Seniors Mental Health

Specialized assessment and treatment services for seniors are provided through Eastern Health through inpatient units, and assessment unit, a geriatric psychiatry day hospital and community outreach services. For more information contact the Eastern Health Authority Opens in new window.

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Case Management

A service available in all regions designed to ensure that individuals with complex mental illness receive appropriate and integrated level of care, treatment and support. Services are delivered by front line mental health providers, primary nurses and social workers, who work closely with clients and families to meet an array of needs. Supportive care in a person’s home and community is meant for persons experiencing functional disabilities as a result of mental illness who require ongoing support in their daily lives.

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Early Psychosis Programs

This program is available in the Eastern, Central, and Western Health Authorities. It is staffed by nurses and physicians and deals with any person who is diagnosed with a major mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar illness so that long term disability related to the illness is minimized. It provides assessment, treatment, medication management and long term follow up to patients and their families.

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Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT)

This team provides intensive case management and other multidisciplinary services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Services are available on an on call basis 24/7. This service is offered under the Eastern, Central and Western Health Authorities.

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Trauma Program

This program offers a range of individual and group therapies to male and female survivors of child sexual abuse and to males who have a history of violent behaviour in their family who have a mental illness or addiction.

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Mental Health Promotion / Prevention

Mental health promotion can be defined as any action which enhances the mental well-being of individuals, families, organizations or communities. The Department of Health and Community Services and the Regional Health Authorities strive to promote mental health by ensuring their practices and policies have a positive affect on the mental well-being of those influenced by the practices and policies.

Mental health promotion is one of the components of the Provincial Wellness Plan.

The Canadian Mental Health Association Opens in new window website provides free resources on promoting mental health in the workplace.

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The Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Fund Opens in new window is a Provincial initiative designed for those who are interested in preventing addictions issues and promoting mental health to community members. All individuals, not for profit community groups, and organizations in the four health regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, with an interest in these issues, are eligible to apply for project funding through their regional health authority.

Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Fund Application Form PDF (104 KB)

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Supportive Housing

Supportive housing is provided to mental health clients in the Eastern Region through community care homes, family care homes and ACCESS, a transitional housing service for 10 individuals. For further information contact Eastern Health at 709 834-0802.

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