Need Help?

Feel free to reach out to these resources for assistance and more information on gambling harms and support services. GRINS does not have expertise in these areas and we do not endorse or recommend any particular service. Use at your own discretion.

Helplines

9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8.
Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Nova Scotia Health Authority
Mental Health and Addictions Services
Main Website: https://mha.nshealth.ca/en/services or https://www.mhahelpns.ca/
Crisis line: 902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free). Available to help 24/7
Intake Line: 1-855-922-1122 (M-F 8:30-4:30. Tues and Thurs until 8pm)
Adolescent Outreach Services (12 -19yrs) AOS is 100% confidential. https://mha.nshealth.ca/en/services/adolescent-outreach-services 

National Problem Gambling Helpline
Contact: 1-800-522-4700

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline (24/7)
https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/
Contact: 1-855-242-3310

NISA Helpline (11am to 11pm Atlantic Time)
Free, anonymous, and confidential peer support available to Muslim women.
1-888-315-6472
https://nisahelpline.com/ 

Kids Help Phone (24/7)
Contact: 1-800-668-6868
or Text CONNECT to 686868
https://kidshelpphone.ca/ 

Support Services

Gamtalk
Online support for gambling issues. Free and anonymous.
https://www.gamtalk.org/ 

RecoverMe App
RecoverMe is a mobile app that helps you manage a gambling problem.
Use the code RECOVERME100 to use the app for free.
Download on the Apple App Store
Download on the Google Play Store

Canadian Mental Health Association
Contact: 1-902-466-6600
Website: CMHA Nova Scotia  https://novascotia.cmha.ca/find-help/ 

Gambling Therapy (Free service worldwide)
https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/support

Gamblers Anonymous
Contact: 1-855-222-5542
https://gamblersanonymous.org/ga/addresses Scroll down to CANADA – NOVA SCOTIA  

Access Wellness Nova Scotia (Telus Health)
Access Wellness is a free single-session supportive counselling service for individuals, couples or families. Visit https://go.lifeworks.com/access-wellness-nova-scotia-en and click the chat icon or call 1-833-691-2282 and tell us your concerns. Our support team will help you find the right type of support.

Educational Resources

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Gambling, Gaming and Technology Use
We support mental health and addictions service providers through training and education, developing digital tools and resources, and facilitating knowledge sharing.
https://kmb.camh.ca/ggtu/ 

Gambling Risk Informed Nova Scotia (GRINS)
Contact: General Info: https:.//gamblingriskinformednovascotia.ca/
For Business: https://gamblingriskinformednovascotia.ca/tools-for-business
For Youth: https://gamblingriskinformednovascotia.ca/odds-and-ends-youth-workshop 

Kings Investigative Workshop
A series of eight detailed articles about the impact of VLTs on Nova Scotia. (2022). https://signalhfx.ca/series/numbers-game-video-lottery-keeps-on-spinning-and-nova-scotians-keep-on-getting-hurt/ 

Responsible Gambling Council (RGC)
The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is dedicated to reducing gambling risks through innovation, awareness and improved safeguards. We believe that gambling should never come at a human cost. Find out how we’re promoting safer gambling in communities around the world, helping industry stakeholders mitigate risk and minimize harms and uncovering new insights about gambling and its impact on people, businesses and communities.
Contact: Website: https://www.responsiblegambling.org/

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