Simpson Landing

Simpson Landing offers 24 hours a day, seven days a week support for individuals with mental illness (such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar Disorder) who are having challenges living in the community. People stay at Simpson Landing for varying amounts of time to work on community living skills, improve their wellness and manage their illness. Simpson Landing has a full team of mental health professionals.

Rehabilitation Program (East Coast Forensic Hospital)

The rehabilitation program is for individuals who have been found Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) or unfit to stand trial by the Nova Scotia justice system. They are under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Code Review Board. These individuals are assessed, participate in treatment programs and work with their health care team to safely re-enter the community. 

Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides short-term stabilization for individuals that are already hospitalized and are extremely agitated and aggressive.

Qualified clinicians at the hospital provide assessment and treatment for individuals with mental illness. Once the individual’s illness has settled, arrangements will be made to have them return to the referring unit to continue their treatment process and safe return to the community.

Psychiatric Emergency Services

Psychiatric emergency service (PES) is a consultation service that provides emergency psychiatric assessments and interventions. Most of these consultations are made by emergency department physicians. Treatment plans are developed with the patient, family and other significant individuals as appropriate. They can include:

Nova Scotia Operational Stress Injury Clinic

The Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic provides mental health services to Veterans, eligible members of the Canadian Forces (CF), RCMP members and former members, who have an OSI. Support is also available for families of clients of the OSI Clinic. 

Common types of OSI include:

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Other anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance use disorders

The OSI Clinic has a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses and social workers. Together, the team works with clients to: 

Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP)

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 Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) is a specialized, community focused, mental health program for young people (and their families) between the ages of 12 to 35 who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Neuropsychology Service

The Neuropsychology Service sees individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness to provide information about their cognitive abilities (e.g., attention, memory, and other thinking skills).  

Mood Disorders Clinic

The mood disorders clinic provides consultations for individuals with severe mood disorders such as possible bipolar disorder.  This is a specialized service that provides diagnosis and treatment of severe mood disorders.