Social Workers help by improving the physical and mental health of patients and families by working on the issues that patients and families identify as concerns for themselves. Any patient or family member receiving care from the IWK can ask to speak with a social worker at any time.
How we help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, worried, depressed, or anxious it may help to speak to a Social Worker. Social Workers want to ensure that people get the help they need from the best resources available both in hospital as well as in their home community. Social Workers are available to meet with you and your family to find creative and practical way to help with personal, social, or financial worries. We know that serious medical problems, sudden illness or mental health concerns place an enormous amount of stress on families at home, school, and work.
Social Workers are found in all programs throughout IWK Health, including inpatient and community Mental Health and Addictions clinics. They have special training in the areas of medical and mental health social work practice. All Social Workers at the IWK are required to be registered through the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW).
As part of the health care team, we offer the following types of services to you and your family:
- Immediate help during a crises
- Ongoing support through periods of adjustment and stress
- Individual and Family Therapy
- Locating and arranging needed resources within the hospital and in your community
- Advocating for you within the IWK, and during community mental health assessment and treatment