South Shore Breaker

Free online mental health help for young people


Nova Scotia youth ages 16 and older needing mental health help can now access the online mental health platform Togetheral­l.

In a recent news release, Nova Scotia Health said the free service is a safe and anonymous online peer-topeer community moderated by registered clinical practition­ers and is available 24-7. Participan­ts must include their postal code or student email address.

“So many Nova Scotians can benefit from access to online mental health supports such as Togetheral­l,” said Addictions and Mental Health Minister Brian Comer in a news release.

“This tool is all about having a community to help people build resilience or cope with a specific life challenge. By making this tool available to more Nova Scotians, we are expanding this community and fostering positive mental health.”

Previously, the platform was available to young people ages 16 to 29 through a one-year partnershi­p with RBC Future Launch, the QEII Foundation and Nova Scotia Health. The program was also available to post-secondary students and apprentice­ship learners ages 30 and older through an agreement with the Department of Advanced Education.

The service which is also available in French can be accessed online at togetheral­l. com/en-ca/accessing-mentalheal­th-support/nova-scotiarefe­rrals/.

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