Weekly Health Update # 3 With AFN Community Health Nurse

Weekly health update with AFN Community Health Nurse

Hi Everyone,

This weekend was a tragic weekend for Nova Scotia and for Canada. Families, friends and communities are hurting and I want to send my deepest condolences to anyone affected by this tragedy. These past 5 weeks have been difficult as it is, so trying to process this can be very difficult. As Premier Stephen McNeil said, “it’s okay to feel sad, or angry, or hopeless, but what’s not okay is to bear all those feelings alone.” Check in with friends and family. As well, please reach out to any of these numbers listed below for help. You are not alone.

Our Mental Health services provided by NSHA are still being offered via telephone.

Kelly Breau, NSHA Adult Clinician (902)740-3083
Michael Ross, NSHA Adult Clinician (902)521-5128
Heidi Mitton, NSHA Child and Youth Clinician (902)247-3429
Brynn Davies, NSHA Child and Youth Clinician (902)670-4923
NS Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line 1-888-429-8167


Eskasoni FN has offer the services of the Eskasoni Crisis and referral line services. These services can be offered in Mikmaw and English.
TOLL FREE 1-855-379-2099

CMM Mental Wellness Team:

Mental wellness manager:
Katie MacEachern
(cell) 902-899-5345

Mental wellness advisor:
Katelynn Luymes
(cell) 902-890-2391

Behavioural support advisor:
Tiffany Brennan
(cell) 902-890-1651

National Lines:

Canada Drug Rehab Addictions Services Directory: 1-877-746-1963
Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
First Nation and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
National Eating Disorder Information Centre: 1-866-633-4220
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

NS Website:
(Click the link and scroll down to find Therapy Assistance Online, and MindWell-U a free 30-day mindfulness challenge starting every Tuesday)

Best links to get information:

Please see our Facebook page: AFN Community Health and answer the joining questions for access. Frequent updates, resources, and links will be posted there.

Nova Scotia Government:

Nova Scotia Health Authority:

Government of Canada:

World Health Organization:

WHO advising on pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding:

Mental Health Provincial Crisis Line: call 24/7 1-888-429-8167

Kids Help Phone: call 24/7 1-800-668-6868
text CONNECT to 686868
or chat online on their website

If there is anything else that you are looking for more information about or ideas on nutrition, physical activity during isolation, coping strategies, child and youth health, etc., please let me know and I can look into helping you, as well as, the community.

Stay safe and take care of yourself

Chelsea Sawyer
Community Health Nurse
O: 902-627-1245
C: 902-277-2297