Sir John A. Macdonald

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.


WHAT else?

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)      
902 423-4443

ARK (Support for Homeless and Street Involved People):           
902 492-2577

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre                                                
902 422-4240

(Support for a Sexual Assault in Last 72 Hours)                       
902 425-0122

Bryony House (Shelter for Abused Women and Children)           
902 422-7650

Community Services (Income Assistance)                     
Halifax: 902 424-4150
Dartmouth: 902 424--1600 
Sackville: 902 869-3600

Choices (Substance Abuse/Gambling Support)                          
902 491-2401

Cobequid Youth Health Clinic                              
Nurse: 902 869-6106
Social Worker: 902 869-6131/902 869-7107


Family Focus Clinics                                                             
902 420-6060

Find a Family Doctor                                                           
902 424-3047

Halifax Sexual Health Centre                                       
902 455-9656

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)           
902 425-9018

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team                                           
902 429-8167 or Toll Free @ 1-888-429-8167

Metro Food Bank (General Inquiries)                                      
902 457-1900

Mobile Outreach Street Health                                               
902 429-5290

North End Community Health Centre                                      
902 420-0303

North Preston Health & Wellness Centre                                  
902 434-3807

Phoenix Youth Programs                                                      
902 446-0676

Phoenix Youth Shelter                                                         
902 446-4663

Phoenix Outreach (text or call)                                              
902 818-5737 or  1-877-332-3331

Public Health Services                                                          
902 481-5800                                    
(Pre Natal Classes)  902 481-5842

QEII STI Clinic (VG Site)                                                       
902 473-2272

Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre                                      
902 885-2789

Supportive Housing for Young Mothers                                   
902 465-2212 ext. 3

Youth Project (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity)                  
902 429-5429