Support Goups and Other Resources

At New Dawn Counselling and Psychotherapy, we offer counselling and therapy in many areas of concern. However, if you feel that you need a little extra support between sessions, there are a number of support groups and other resources available in the HRM. If you don’t see what you need listed, please contact Margo at 902-401-6778 and she will do her best to direct you to the appropriate resource.

This is a resource only and New Dawn Counselling and Psychotherapy is not responsible for the content or running of any of the Organizations listed below.


If you are a man who has experienced sexual assault or abuse and would be interested in being part of a support group, please contact Margo. We are aware of the lack of support for men and that needs to be changed! You deserve to be treated with the same seriousness and respect that female victims receive. If you feel you would like counselling to help deal with the after-affects, please do not hesitate to call either Margo or Eva and we will provide you with contact numbers for a male Therapist or we will book an appointment for you with one of us.


SEXUAL ASSAULT Avalon Sexual Assault Centre 902-422-4240 Crisis line 902-425-0122



S.O.S is a support group for the survivors of loved ones who have committed suicide.

They have their regularly scheduled meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. at St. Andrew’s United Church Hall

6036 Coburg Rd. (at Robie St.)

Halifax N.S.


If you would like more information about the group, Please call George Tomi (902) 445-0860

Or email him at




We have all lost people we love ,whether from illness, injury ,accident , suicide or homicide. In days gone by, we were told to “you need to get over it” or “it’s time to move on”. Research has shown that talking about our loved one and keeping them involved in our lives through the happy memories, helps speed the healing so we can start a “new normal” without them.

Today we hear the expression “celebrate the life of your loved one”. Celebrating the life is a wonderful place to head towards, but in the meantime, we feel the deep pain of our loss. At times, someone other than a friend or family member is the best person to talk to because they are not in the deep throes of the same loss.


Grief support is offered by The Hospice Society of Greater Halifax. Their Bereavement Drop In Support Group meets on the 1st Saturday of each month from 9:45 am - 11:15 am, at their house at 9 Spring Street, Bedford and the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at the Council House, 989 Young Avenue, Halifax.


IWK Children’s Centre

Bereavement Services

The IWK Health Centre sponsors the following bereavement services:

Bereaved Parents Support Group

This group is for bereaved parents and meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information contact the group facilitator Vince MacDonald at 902-462-4050. Alternatively, contact the Pediatric Palliative Care Service at 902-470-8942 or 470-7262.



Children’s Grief Group

This group is for children between the ages of 6-12 who have experienced the death of a loved one. The group runs for six weeks from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. For more information on when the next group begins, or to make a referral, contact the Pediatric Palliative Care Service at 902-470-8942 or 470-7262.


Teen Support Group

This group is for teens between the ages of 12-18 who have experienced the death of a loved one. The group runs once per week for four consecutive weeks. For more information on when the next group begins, or to make a referral, contact the Pediatric Palliative Care Service at 902-470-8942 or 470-7262.


Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group

This group is for parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss or death of their newborn. For more information or to make a referral, contact Colleen Quinn at 470-8149.


For more information or to make a referral to any of the above groups, or to ask about bereavement resources/issues, please contact the Pediatric Palliative Care Service at 902-470-8942 or 470-7262



Mental Health Support


If you feel overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, help is only a phone call away! Sometimes just having a listening ear can bring a great deal of relief. The people you speak to will be non-judgmental volunteers who want to be there to help you through the rough spots. Even if it’s in the wee hours of the morning just before the “NEW DAWN” , they will be there to support you.


Help Lines


Halifax Regional Municipality 902-421-1188 24 hrs


Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 24 hrs bilingual


Cape Breton /Sydney 6pm-midnight 902-562-4357 or toll free 1-800-957-9995


Pictou County Noon – midnight 7 days a week 902-752-5952

Strait/ Richmond/ Inverness area 6pm- midnight 902-625-5117


Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team Crisis support for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis 902-429-8167 toll free 1-888-429-8167


Police-Based Victim Services 902- 490-5300



Mi’kmaq Family Healing Centres

Millbrook First Nation : Truro 902-893-8483, CRISIS 1-800-565-4741

Waycobah First Nation: Whycocomagh 902-756-3440 CRISIS 1-800-565-3440



Resources for African Nova Scotia Women

African United Baptist Women’s Institute 902-752-4978


Resources for New Canadian Women

Cultural Health Information and Interpreting Services 902-425-5532


Resources for Women who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual ,or Transgendered (LGBT)

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual Youth Project 902-429-5429

N.S. Rainbow Action Project 902-444-7887

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