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School Mental Health

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Shared Care in the Schools

IWK Mental Health and Addictions provides Shared Care services within some of the families of schools in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Clinicians are on site, working with the Youth Health Centres, guidance counsellors and school social workers to provide mental health and addictions services to youth in schools. Students can receive the help they need in their home school. Shared Care clinicians are in elementary and senior high schools. The two elementary schools in HRM are Joe Howe Elementary and St. Joseph A. McKay. The senior schools are JL Ilsley High and Sackville High.  

Contact your school social worker, guidance counselor or Youth Health Centre for more information.

School Mental Health Clinicians

In January 2013, two School Mental Health Clinicians began working directly in two families of schools in the Halifax Regional School Board. They are located in JL Ilsley High School and Dartmouth High. The clinicians provide individual and group therapy, mental health and addictions education for school staff and consultation services.  

Contact your Schools Planning Committee for more information on how to make a referral.

School Presentations

IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program also provide school presentations. We can work with you to arrange presentations related to school refusal; anxiety in children and adolescents or attention deficit and hyper activity disorder. Direct patient care is our clinical priority, but where possible we’ll help you meet your education needs.

Contact Judy Elliot at to discuss your needs.