The mentally ill offender unit provides psychiatric assessments to individuals remanded by the courts of the Nova Scotia justice system to determine if an individual is not criminally responsible and/or unfit to stand trial related to criminal charges they are facing. Depending on the outcome of the court proceedings, individuals can be found Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) or unfit to stand trial and may begin the process of rehabilitation in one of the hospital's other programs.
The IWK Health Centre provides children and adolescents throughout the province with specialized mental health and addictions services. To learn more about these services visit the IWK Health Centre website.
The Mental Health Day Treatment Program is a full-time, six week intensive group psychotherapy program. The program is for individuals with mental illness who also have long-standing problems relating with others and regulating emotions.
It is a partial hospitalization program. This means it is a specialty program that offers comprehensive treatment to targeted populations without requiring a hospital bed for overnight stay for an ongoing period. Patients live at home and attend the program daily.
The inpatient treatment program provides medical, supervised withdrawal management and support to individuals that require treatment and support to manage their withdrawal symptoms from substances such as alcohol and drugs.
Additional services in the program may include:
The Forensic Sexual Behaviour Program provides assessment and treatment (when appropriate) for adults whose sexual behaviour has crossed legal boundaries. The program is run primarily with psychologists, who conduct risk assessments, consultations, and/or treatment.
Additional services offered by the program may include:
The community outreach assessment support and treatment team provides services for persons with both intellectual disability and also mental illness. These services include:
Emerald Hall is a unit in the Nova Scotia Hospital that provides care to individuals with a dual diagnosis (an intellectual disability in combination with mental illness). This is an in-patient unit, meaning patients will stay at the hospital during treatment.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is used when an individual does not respond to or cannot tolerate medication. It is used to treat:
- Major depression (including agitated depression)
- Depressed/manic phases of bipolar disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
Treatment involves the administration of a small electrical current to the surface of the scalp (which is transmitted to the surface of the brain).
The eating disorders clinic helps individuals overcome anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
As part of your treatment, there are a number of outpatient groups that support a variety of concerns associated with eating disorders. These groups include meal experiences, learning healthy coping skills and addressing and processing issues and emotions related to the development of the eating disorder. There is also an inpatient program that may be required for a limited number of patients.