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Criminal Charges


If you are in trouble with the law, there are lots of places you can get help. Sometimes it is hard to find them if you don’t know where to look.

If you are in conflict with the law, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia has a great, teenager-friendly website www.legalinfo.org/i-have-a-legal-question/youth/ where you can find out all kinds of information on what to expect if you have to go to court and how to get help.

If you need a lawyer and cannot afford to hire one, there is Legal Aid available. You can get more information and find an office near you at www.nslegalaid.ca.

Can the IWK help me?

If you have mental health and addiction problems you are struggling with, yes we can. Youth Forensic Services supports youth who have mental health and addiction problems and are also involved with the Provincial Court and/or Probation Services. You do not need a doctor or your parent or guardian to call. You can call yourself.

Sometimes people feel embarrassed asking for help. That is okay, call us anyway.

The social worker or psychologist you talk to will not discuss your information with anyone who is not authorized to know it. There are important limits to this confidentiality. Any information that you provide that suggests that you may harm yourself or another person will be reported immediately. Any information that you provide to suggest that a child is being hurt will be reported immediately.  

We can provide counseling, work with you to access resources and help you get back on a good track.

If you already have a Provincial Court date and think you might be placed in custody at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville, we have nurses, social workers and psychologists there as well. You will meet with an IWK nurse within 24 hours of arriving at the Youth Facility. Let us know what we can help you with.

  • I'm worried. I think I might have a substance abuse problem.
  • I'm worried. I have a lot of stress that is freaking me out.
  • I'm worried. I'm in trouble with the law and I need help
  • I'm worried. I feel depressed.
  • I'm worried. I have been secretly cutting myself.
  • I'm worried. I think I have been abused.
  • I'm worried. I'm being bullied.
  • I'm worried. I feel fat, and I think I might have an eating problem.
  • I'm worried. I'm really anxious and sometimes get panicked.
  • I'm worried. I'm thinking about suicide.
  • I'm worried. I'm not sure about my sexuality.
  • I'm worried. Sometimes my thoughts don't seem real.
  • I'm worried. I'm always getting into trouble.
  • I'm worried. I’ve got Autism – what should I know?
  • I’m worried.  I’m always hyper and can’t focus in school.

Drugs and Alcohol

Using alcohol sometimes starts out as fun... Find out more »



Most teenagers feel stressed out at times... Find out more »


Criminal Charges

If you are in trouble with the law there are ways to get help... Find out more »



Don't wait for depression to go away on its own... Find out more »


Self Harm

I'm really suffering inside... Find out more »



Sometimes children and teens are unsure if their experiences were sexual abuse... Find out more »



Everyone has the right to be free from bullying... Find out more »


Eating Disorders

Young people can get caught up in food extremes that aren't healthy... Find out more »



So what can you do about anxiety? Find out more »



So what can you do about these thoughts? Find out more »


Facing Sexuality

It is perfectly normal to question your sexuality... Find out more »


Facing Strange Thoughts

Sometimes my thoughts don't seem real... Find out more »


Behavioural Disorders

Having trouble getting along with friends and family... Find out more »



What should I know? Find out more »



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