Youth Heath Centre
WHO are we?
Your Youth Health Centre (YHC) supports you in making decisions about your health and well being, in a safe environment. The YHC is a partnership between the Halifax Regional School Board and Capital Health. It is staffed by a Public Health professional known as a Youth Health Centre Coordinator.
WHAT can you expect?
Your Youth Health Centre Coordinator:
· Provides confidential services with accurate, non judgmental information
· Values your knowledge
· Welcomes your input
· Respects your opinion
· Works with your strengths
· Addresses your health concerns in a meaningful way
All services provided by the Youth Health Centre are confidential, with some exceptions. The YHC staff will not share any information following your visit without permission. We are happy to explain how we protect your privacy.
WHY come to the YHC?
Some reasons students visit the YHC include:
- Feeling sad or angry
- Feeling confused or stressed
- Relationships issues
- Problems at home
- Need condoms
- Pregnancy testing/birth control education
- Safer sex information
- Sexuality/gender questions
- Dating violence
- Drinking too much
- Concern about drug use
- Help to quit smoking
- Healthy eating/nutrition
- To get involved
- School projects
- Needing to talk
The YHC is not a place to come if you are physically sick or injured. We do not treat, diagnose, or administer medication.
The YHC also offers programs to help you get involved in school life, and creates leadership opportunities if you want to learn some new skills. The programs at the YHC are driven by you, and decisions are made through your input. This is a great opportunity to get involved!
WHERE is the YHC?
Your Youth Health Centre is located in room 1023
WHEN can you come to the YHC?
The schedule is posted on the door of the YHC. Students are encouraged to come at a time that doesn’t interfere with class, but if you do come during class time you will get a timed note to be excused. Your YHC Coordinator will be here most days, but may also sit on community committees, attend Public Health meetings, and provide support to junior highs in the area, so there may be times where your YHC Coordinator is away. When your coordinator is in, her door is open.
WHAT other supports are there?
The Youth Health Centre Coordinator can also help you to connect with supports or services in the community.
Adsum House (Emergency Shelter for Women and Children)
ARK (Support for Homeless and Street Involved People):
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
(Support for a Sexual Assault in Last 72 Hours)
Bryony House (Shelter for Abused Women and Children)
Community Services (Income Assistance)
Halifax: 902 424-4150
Dartmouth: 902 424--1600
Sackville: 902 869-3600
Choices (Substance Abuse/Gambling Support)
Cobequid Youth Health Clinic
Nurse: 902 869-6106
Social Worker: 902 869-6131/902 869-7107
Family Focus Clinics
Find a Family Doctor
Halifax Sexual Health Centre
Health Link (Non-Emergency Health Info)
Switch Board: 902 470-8888
Poison Control Centre: 902 470-8161 or
Toll Free @ 1-800-565-8161
Mental Health Referral: 902 464-4110
Kid’s Help Phone
Laing House (Peer Support for Youth with Mental Illness)
Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team
902 429-8167 or Toll Free @ 1-888-429-8167
Metro Food Bank (General Inquiries)
Mobile Outreach Street Health
North End Community Health Centre
North Preston Health & Wellness Centre
Phoenix Youth Programs
Phoenix Youth Shelter
Phoenix Outreach (text or call)
902 818-5737 or 1-877-332-3331
Public Health Services
(Pre Natal Classes) 902 481-5842
QEII STI Clinic (VG Site)
Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre
Supportive Housing for Young Mothers
902 465-2212 ext. 3
Youth Project (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity)