Who are we?
Dartmouth High's Youth Health Centre supports you in making decisions about you health and well being, in a safe environment. The YHC is a partnership between the Halifax Regional School Board and Nova Scotia Health Authority. It is staffed by a Public Health professional known as a Youth Health Centre Coordinator.
What can you expect?
Your Youth Health Centre Coordinator:
- Provides confidential services with accurate, non-judgmental information
- Values your knowledge
- Welcomes your input
- Respects your opinion
- Works with your strengths
- Addresses your health concerns in a meaningful way
Why come to the YHC?
Some reasons students visit the YHC include:
- Feeling sad or angry
- Feeling confused, anxious, or stressed
- Relationship issues
- Problems at home or school
- Pregnancy testing
- Safer sex or birth control information
- Sexuality/gender questions
- Dating violence
- Concerned about drinking, smoking, or drug use
- Healthy eating/nutrition
- To get involved
- Need to talk
The YHC also offers programs to help you get involved in school life, and creates leadership opportunities. The groups and programs at the YHC are driven by you, and decisions are made through your input. This is a great opportunity to get involved! The Youth Health Centre Coordinator might also be able to help you connect with supports or services in the community.
Where is the YHC?
The Youth Health Centre is located on the main floor, just down from the main office and across from Keating Hall.
When can you come to the YHC?
The weekly schedule is posted on the door of the YHC. It's typically open before school, during lunchtime, and after school. Students are encouraged to come at a time that doesn't interfere with class, but if you do come during class time you will get a timed note to be excused. Your YHC Coordinator will be here most days, but may also attend Community or Public Health meetings, and provide support to Junior Highs in the area, so there may be times where your YHC Coordinator is away. When your coordinator is in, her door is always open.
What other supports are there?
Adsum House (Emergency Shelter for Women and Children) - 902-423-4443
ARK (Support for Homeless and Street Involved People) - 902-492-2577
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (Support for a sexual assault in the last 72 hours) - 902-422-4240
Bryony House (Shelter for Abused Women and Children) - 902-422-7650
Community Services (Income Assistance) - Halifax: 902-424-4150 Dartmouth: 902-424-1600 Sackville: 902-869-3600
Cobequid Youth Health Clinic - Nurse: 902-869-6106 Social Worker: 902-869-6131 or 902-869-7107
Emergency - 911
Family Focus Clinics - 902-420-6060
Halifax Sexual Health Centre - 902-455-9656
Health Link (Non-Emergency Health Info) 811
IWK - IWK Switchboard: 902-470-8888 IWK Poison Control Centre: 902-470-8161 or Toll free: 1-800-565-8161
IWK Mental Health Central Referral: 902-464-4110
Kid's Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Laing House (Peer Support for Youth with Mental Illness) - 902-425-9018
Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team: 902-429-8167 or Toll free: 1-888-429-8167
Metro Food Bank (General Inquiries) - 902-457-1900
Mobile Outreach Street Health - 902-429-5290
North End Community Health Centre - 902-420-0303
North Preston Health & Wellness Centre - 902-434-3807
Phoenix Centre for Youth - 902-446-0676
Phoenix Youth Shelter - 902-446-4663
Phoenix Outreach (text or call) - 902-818-5737 or 1-877-332-3331
Public Health Services - 902-481-5800 (Pre-Natal/Postpartum Support, Immunizations, etc)
QEII STI Clinic (VG Site) - 902-473-2272
Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre - 902-885-3693
Supportive Housing for Youth Mothers - 902-465-2212 Ext. 3 (or YWCA Information & Intake 902-404-9922
Youth Project (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity) - 902-429-5429
211 Nova Scotia (Community Resources) - 211