Halifax West High School

Youth Health Center

The Youth Health Centre (YHC) supports you in making decisions about your health and well being, in a safe environment. The YHC is a partnership between the Halifax Regional School Board and Capital Health. It is staffed by a Public Health Nurse, Mrs. Lisa Boucher-McConnell, Youth Health Centre Coordinator.

WHAT can you expect?

Your Youth Health Centre Coordinator:

  • Provides confidential services with accurate, non judgmental information
  • Values your knowledge
  • Welcomes your input
  • Respects your opinion
  • Works with your strengths  
  • Addresses your health concerns in a meaningful way

All services provided by the Youth Health Centre are confidential, with some exceptions. The YHC staff will not share any information following your visit without permission. We are happy to explain how we protect your privacy.

WHY come to the YHC?

Some reasons students visit the YHC include:

  • Feeling sad or angry
  • Feeling confused or stressed
  • Relationships issues
  • Problems at home
  • Need condoms
  • Pregnancy testing/birth control education
  • Safer sex information
  • Sexuality/gender questions
  • Dating violence
  • Drinking too much
  • Concern about drug use
  • Help to quit smoking
  • Healthy eating/nutrition
  • To get involved
  • School projects
  • Needing to talk

The YHC is not a place to come if you are physically sick or injured. We do not treat, diagnose, or administer medication.

WHAT else?

The YHC also offers programs to help you get involved in school life, and creates leadership opportunities if you want to learn some new skills. The programs at the YHC are driven by you, and decisions are made through your input. This is a great opportunity to get involved! The Youth Health Centre Coordinator might also be able to help you connect with supports or services in the community.

WHERE is the YHC?

Your Youth Health Centre is located in Room C351, on the third floor.  

WHEN can you come to the YHC?

Students are encouraged to come at a time that doesn’t interfere with class, but if you do come during class time you will get a note to be excused. Your YHC Coordinator will be here most days, but may also sit on community committees, attend Public Health meetings, and provide support to junior highs in the area, so there may be times where your YHC Coordinator is away. When your coordinator is in, her door is open.

WHAT other supports are there?

Choices (Substance Abuse/Gambling Support)  491-2401

Cobequid Youth Health Clinic  Nurse: 869-6106  Social Worker: 869-6131/869-7107

Emergency  911

Family Focus Clinics  420-6060

Find a Family Doctor  424-3047

Halifax Sexual Health Centre  455-9656

Health Link (Non-Emergency Health Info)  811

IWK  Switch Board: 470-8888  Poison Control Centre: 470-8161 or   Toll Free @ 1-800-565-8161  Mental Health Referral: 464-4110

Kid’s Help Phone  1-800-668-6868

Laing House (Peer Support for Youth with Mental Illness)  425-9018  Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team   429-8167 or   Toll Free @ 1-888-429-8167

Metro Food Bank (General Inquiries) 457-1900

Mobile Outreach Street Health                                               429-5290

North End Community Health Centre                                      420-0303

North Preston Health & Wellness Centre                                  434-3807

Phoenix Youth Programs                                                      446-0676

Phoenix Youth Shelter                                                         446-4663

Phoenix Outreach (text or call)                                             818-5737 or


Public Health Services                                                          481-5800                                                                                                              (Pre Natal Classes)  481-5842

QEII STI Clinic (VG Site)                                                       473-2272

Supportive Housing for Young Mothers                                   465-2212 ext. 3

Youth Project (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity)                  429-5429