How We Can Help
Where is help?
You might be worried about your use of drugs or alcohol or about scary thoughts and feelings you might be having. And you might be afraid to talk to someone about it. There are options for you. Maybe you can talk with your family doctor, or a guidance counselor, or a youth health centre nurse, your parents or another trusted adult... see the youth services menu item for some contact information.
Teen Outreach Workers:
The health promotion team at Addiction services has teen workers who work with young people all the time and they really like working with young people. They are non judgmental and they know how to help you. So make a call and if you feel comfortable and want some help, a teen outreach worker will work with you to find the kind of help you need. If you don’t want help at this point, that’s absolutely fine but they will be around if you want to contact them later on. So whatever works for you....
Individual one to one:
You can chat with a teen worker 1 to 1 - privately, confidentially. This means that you can see a teen worker at one of our offices, at a safe place in your community, or at your school, or we can talk on the phone. We can also help link you with an addictions or mental health therapist who can help you with challenging issues (if this is what you need and want).
Mental Health And Addictions Therapists for youth:
Therapists are health professionals who specialize in different ways of counselling. They have expertise working with young people around addiction and mental health. Quite often youth have both substance use issues and mental health symptoms so it's important that the whole person gets the help they need. Here in Cape Breton there are therapists who can help you if you need that kind of help and if you want that kind of help. They are friendly, they won't judge you and they really know their stuff...
You can get connected with a therapist through the toll free youth friendly line, through your outreach worker or guidance counselor at school - you may even have seen one of the therapists at your school. You can talk with your doctor, or you can call directly to Child and Adolescent Addiction/Mental Health Services at 567-7731
You might be interested in being with a group of other young people. Click on teen programs and listen to what some local teenagers have to say about the group programs they’ve attended. Most youth really enjoy them and find them useful. And you don’t even need to have an issue with drugs or alcohol to attend some of those programs.. they’re just fun and good for you!
So make the call and leave us a message 1-855-766-6606