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.

Mentally Ill Offender Unit (MIOU)

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.

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