The Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) Program at IWK Health improves access to care for children, youth and their families. As a Primary Care Physician or community clinician, you are important partners in care. Here is how you can get help for children and youth.
Making a referral
To refer a patient or family by fax, download and complete the Central Referral form and fax it to 902-464-3008
To refer a patient or family by phone, call toll free 1.855.922.1122
The current wait time for a first appointment (called a Choice Appointment) is approximately three months.
Once you have made a referral, please tell the youth/family to call Central Referral at the number below and book their own appointment. If you worry that a family will not call, feel free to make a telephone referral when the family is in your office—Central Referral can give them an appointment time before they leave your office.
Managing Crises and Emergencies
When a patient or family is in crisis, they should call the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167.
Telephone support is available 24/7. Mobile, onsite response is available from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Patients or families with psychiatric emergencies should go to their nearest emergency department.
IWK Psychiatry Consultation Service
Physicians can request psychiatry consultations or one-time assessments from an IWK child psychiatrist. The Psychiatry Consultation Service is for physicians who will continue to care for the referred patient’s mental health/addictions problems, but who need the advice of a psychiatrist to do so. Consultations can be provided by phone. Patients can also be referred for a one time visit to focus on diagnostic clarification or psychopharmacological advice.
Requesting a consultation
Complete the Psychiatry Consultation Referral Form and fax it to Central Referral at 902-464-3008.
Consultation by phone will be scheduled within three working days, and consultative assessments will be scheduled within four weeks.
Psychology for you
“Psychology For You” is an education series offered by the IWK Psychology Discipline and their partners as a free, public service to our Maritime Community. View our Psychology for You YouTube channel for video archives of our sessions.