Other Youth Services
Addiction Services – Health Promotion and Prevention, Adolescent Services: Youth toll free message number: 1-855-766-6606 or 563-8646 or 563-8632. Call to arrange to talk to someone if you have been using alcohol, drugs or gambling and want to change your behaviours or if you feel you are at-risk to start using or gambling. Support is also available if you want to talk about the problems caused by someone else’s use or gambling. Individual and group programs available.
Addiction Services – Detox at Cape Breton Regional Hospital: 563-2040. Detox at Strait-Richmond Hospital: 625-3230
Gambling Helpline: 1-888-347-8888
Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services: 567-7731. If you are in immediate need and it is after hours call the emergency number (567-7767) or proceed to your emergency department.
CapeBretonCentre for Sexual Health: 539-5158. Located at 150 Bentinck St., Sydney. Email: email@example.com. Provide education and one-on-one support around sexual decisions. Also provide condoms and have a resource library.
Youth Health Centres (Cape Breton District Health Authority): STI testing available, referrals made to services such as Addiction and Mental Health, education and support regarding healthy choices, dating, relationships, bullying, and nutrition. Open to youth up to age 19. Even though the Youth Health Centres are located in schools a youth does not have to be attending school to use the Centre.
Sydney Youth Health Centre
48 Terrace, 567-1056 (12 pm – 4 pm) – not available Wednesdays*
Glace Bay Youth Health Centre
201 Reserve Street, 842-1612 (12 pm – 4 pm) – not available Wednesdays*
*Wednesday at junior high in Glace Bay
New Waterford Youth Health Centre
667 8th Street, 862-9670
North Sydney Youth Health Centre
80 Memorial Drive, 544-1424
Riverview Youth Health Centre
Riverview High, Coxheath Road, 563-8596
Youth Health Centres (Public Health Services): focus on asset building, healthy relationships, leadership, skill development, supportive services, referrals.
Cape Breton Highlands Youth Health Centre
11070 Cabot Trail
Dalbrae Youth Health Centre
11156 Hwy 19 Mabou
Inverness Youth Health Centre
Sans Sante Jeunesse Youth Health Centre
15118 Rt. 19, Cheticamp
Family Service of Eastern NS: 539-6868 (Sydney) or 849-4772 (Glace Bay). Offer anger management programs, self esteem workshops, and individual and family counselling services. www.fsens.ns.ca
AIDS Coalition: 567-1766. Located at 150 Bentinck St., Sydney. Web: http://www.accb.ns.ca/. Provides education, support, and referrals. Has a video and book library. Free condoms and lubrication and a Feed Nova Scotia Food Bank.
Anonymous HIV Testing: 567-1123. Lower level of 150 Bentinck St. Call for times.
Sharp Needle Exchange: 539-5556 – provide safe injection equipment, condoms, and sharps containers. Will help dispose of used needles no questions asked. Provide clean needles and condoms to reduce harms.
PFLAG – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Meet once monthly in Sydney. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Every Women’s Centre: 567-1212 – provides a clothing room, resource library, self-help/support groups, workshops.
Transition House: 539-2945 – provides shelter, education, and support for women and children who have been emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abused.
Elizabeth Fry Society: 539-6165 – provides shelter, programs, services, education, support and advocacy for women in conflict with the law and women at-risk. Offers the Female Teen Intervention Program (11 weeks) – which covers topics such as self-esteem, peer pressure and anger management.
Legal Aid: 563-2295 – help to provide a lawyer to someone who otherwise could not afford legal representation – includes youth.
Legal information line: (toll free) 1-800-665-9779. This service cannot provide legal advice but can answer questions about the law and can connect you with a lawyer through Lawyer Referral Service. Hours: Monday to Thurs until 4:30 pm.
Jumpstart:Help cover costs of sport and recreation for children and youth when finances are a barrier. To apply visit:http://www.canadiantire.ca/jumpstart/funding.html or call 1-877-616-6600.
KidSport: Help cover costs of sport and recreation for children and youth when finances are a barrier. To apply visit:http://www.sportnovascotia.ca/KidSport/tabid/145/Default.aspx or call (902) 425-5450.
Children’s Aid/Department of Community Services: to report child abuse/neglect and address foster care issues.
- Sydney– 563-3400 (after 4:30 pm call 1-866-922-2434)
- Glace Bay– 842-4010 (after 4:30 pm call 1-866-922-2434)
- North Sydney– 794-5110 (after 4:30 pm call 1-866-922-2434)
- Inverness– 625-0660 (after 4:30 pm call 1-866-922-2434)
Kids Help Phone: (national) 1-800-668-6868
Helpline: (local) 562-HELP (562-4357)
Eating Disorder Support Group: 567-7739. Or, 567-7731 to be directed to someone involved
Schizophrenia Support/Information: 862-6524 (Joe). This illness typically first appears in late adolescence/early adulthood, but signs may be present earlier.
Domestic Violence Case Coordinator (Cape Breton Regional Police): 563-5173
Youth Peer Program: 539-8228. Located at 266 Whitney Ave. At-risk youth ages 8-18 are referred by a partner agency for peer tutoring and mentoring, with art and music instruction. Offered daily from 4-6 pm from September to June. http://www.epiccharity.com/projects/youth-peer
Big Brothers Big Sisters: 564-5437
Young people (up to age 16) are matched to an adult volunteer with similar interests. Typically youth come from single parent families.
Alcoholics Anonymous: 562-8019 for meetings or visit: http://www.area82aa.org/?page_id=16#ns and click on District 8 and 9 for Cape Breton meeting times and locations. Also, there are online AA chat forums and meetings at: http://www.aaonline.net/
Narcotics Anonymous: Call 1-800-205-8402 or help line 902-789-8323 and someone will return your call.
Alateen online – online chat meeting available. Mondays 7-8 pm – open to any teens (13-18) affected by someone’s drinking. Must register first at http://chat.alateen.net
Al-Anon: 564-5188. Online chat and meetings: http://www.ola-is.org/
CAW Louisbourg Food Bank – 7495 Main Street – 733-2965
Glace Bay Food Bank – 5 Hector Street – 849-0750
St. Anne’s Parish St. Vincent de Paul – 849-8698 (Fridays)
Harvest House Outreach Glace Bay – 842-5433. 610 Main Street. Provide tea, coffee, soup, drop-in and place to talk. Some clothing and some shelter options available.
Town House Glace Bay Citizens Service League – 849-2449. 150 Commercial Street, Glace Bay. Clothing depot, linens and households items (basement entrance). Can fill garbage bag for $1.00. Used furniture and appliances are also available to those in need.
Ma’s Meals and Shelter New Waterford – 862-3366
St. Vincent de Paul, Mount Carmel New Waterford – 862-3779
Cape Breton University Chaplaincy Food Bank – 563-1173
Loaves and Fishes Sydney – 139 Charlotte Street – 539-5182
St. Theresa’s – 7 High Street, Sydney – 564-9235 (no longer have clothing or furniture but offer food support)
Salvation Army Family Services – 55 Inglis St., Sydney – 562-5442 – Food Bank and some clothing assistance under certain circumstances.
Whitney Pier Youth Club – lunch program for youth/junior high students – 111 West St.
Sydney Mines Food Bank – 1 Cottage – 544-1247 (food distribution is on Friday, info form must be filled out)
North Sydney Community Food Bank – Station Street – 794-1104
Harvest House Outreach North Sydney - 794-7011. 194 Commercial St., North Sydney. Provide tea, coffee, soup, drop-in and place to talk. Some clothing and some shelter options available.
Big Bras d’Or Food Bank, Boularderie – 674-2731
Helping Hand South of Smokey– Baddeck - 295-1981 – food assistance
North HighlandsPastoral Charge – Dingwall – 383-2059
St. Vincentde Paul Region Acadienne - Cheticamp – 224-2124 – food bank and furniture depot
Port Hood Food Bank – 787-3124
Inverness Food Bank – 258-3070
Skill development open to Cape Breton Youth:
HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development
(based in Halifax but offer March Break, Summer and weekend programming for youth from all over NS)
March Break Youth Leadership program; Canoe Wilderness program; Atlantic Youth Leadership Camp; Fall Weekend Retreats.
Isabelle LeVert-Chiasson: email@example.com or 444-5885
The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership (ACYL) program
Offers a 4 days camp in various Maritime locations for youth 14-18, once per year on leadership
Application form at: http://www.acyl.coop/english/index.htm
Week long camp in Nova Scotia that is empowerment-based. Girls are mentored by women who are paramedics, firefighters, police.
Must apply by writing essay, only those selected can attend
Teen Reading Club
TeenRC was developed by librarians for teens interested in reading and connecting with other teen readers across Canada and throughout the year. Post books you’ve read, review books, join discussion forums and post your writing.