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We know the nature of the events and issues we are investigating can be difficult, and we encourage you to consider the mental health and other wellness supports available.

Sometimes reading about a distressing or emotionally overwhelming experience can remind us of circumstances that are upsetting and disturbing. It can bring up a specific thought pattern or memory that is difficult to think about. Materials in media stories or on social media may have this impact and could cause psychological distress. This is often referred to in literature as having a “triggering effect” or a “flooding of distressing memories.” 

If you or someone you know is in need of support, you can contact the services listed below. If you are experiencing gender-based violence, intimate-partner or sexual violence, you can also consider the supports listed below or see additional information if you are not in immediate danger.

Reminder: An exit button is in the top right hand corner of this website that allows you to exit quickly at any time.

Mental Health and Wellness Services 

211 Nova Scotia
211 is a free, confidential information and referral service that can connect you to thousands of programs and services offered by local community groups, nonprofits and government departments across Nova Scotia, 24/7.

Tel: 2-1-1

Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line

If you are experiencing overwhelming emotions, distress, or a mental health or addictions crisis, or are concerned about someone who is, the Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service is for all ages and you can call for yourself or because you have concern for someone else. You do not have to be in a crisis to call and nothing is too big or too small a reason to reach out. The staff responding when you call are skilled crisis clinicians. The NS Provincial Crisis Service can also provide the contacts for other 24/7 crisis services if you live outside of Nova Scotia.

Tel: 1-888-429-8167 

Kids Help Phone
A national helpline for young people between the ages of 5 and 20, where confidential and anonymous support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tel: 1-800-668-6868 or Text: CONNECT to 686868

Additional Services

Mental Health and Addictions Intake Service

If you or a family member needs help, you can self-refer to a mental health or addictions clinic, service or program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre.

Tel: 1-855-922-1122 (Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm)

Shelter Safe - Women's Shelters Nova Scotia

If you are a woman experiencing abuse, there is someone you can reach out to any time of day or night.


Nova Scotia Provincial Domestic Violence Line: 1-855-225-0220 (run 24/7 by the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia)

Victim Services

If you are in need of victim services, you can find available resources, support, and information through Nova Scotia’s Victim Services Programs.

Toll-free: 1-800-565-7912 

Local: 902-485-3580 (Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm)

You can also review additional information for supporting Children and Teenagers coping with tragedy, fact and tip sheets regarding intimate-partner and gender-based violence, wellness tips if you are feeling overwhelmed and more.

Content Warning: The following video contains scenes including the discharging of firearms causing death. There is a “quick exit” button at the top of the website if you need it, and Wellness Supports are also listed.

Some of the information within this website may be disturbing or upsetting for some visitors. This website deals with information about events that include gun and other violence, including gender-based violence and intimate partner violence. If you need to leave at any point, there is a “quick exit” button at the top of the website. This website also includes some suggested resources, should you be in need of support.

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