Gaetz Brook Junior High

Looking for a Guidance Counselllor at GBJH?

 Looking for a School Counsellor at GBJH?


You can leave your name and a general topic of what you would like to be seen about with Mr. Swinemer, in person, by email at or phone at (902) 827-4666 Ext 1005 Or if available, you could go see the Principal or Vice Principal.


What is a School Counsellor?


School Counsellors are caring adults who work in your school to help you and your classmates. School Counsellors are here to help you in times of need - I'm here to listen, without judgement.

Overwhelmed by classwork? Scared because your parents are splitting up? Worried about a friend? Feel like you don't fit in?

Sometimes it's just not possible to sort through tough times alone. Problems can build up and you may lose sleep, find you can't concentrate on school, or even have big feelings that you're not sure how to deal with.


Other Useful Supports in Place


  • IWK choice appointments - Miles Rubin (virtual) & Robert Bartlett (in person if required) 902-464-4110 - press 1 to speak to someone about booking an appointment
  • School Social Worker – See Ms. Trider to be referred.
  • Black Youth Helpline 1-833-294-8650 or
  • Hope for Wellness - help line for Indigenous peoples 1-855-242-3310
  • The Trevor Project - help line for LGBTQ+ youth
  • Jo McKee - Nurse Practitioner - Wednesday afternoons at ESDH - Leave your name Ms.Trider and we will try to get you an appointment.
  • Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team 902-429-8167 / 1-888-489-8167
  • Avalon Sexual Assault Centre 902-425-0122
  • Kids Help Line 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
  • Child Protection Services 902-424-2434 / 902-425-5420
  • DCS Child Welfare 902-424-3298
  • Other virtual supports also available at the following link



H.O.P.E. is a registered non-profit organization that offers therapy to all children, teens and families who do not have insurance and who otherwise could not afford counselling services.


Laing House

Youth between ages 17 and 24 years who are living with serious mental illness like psychosis or mood disorders can get the support they need to prepare for a healthier future.


Halifax Sexual Health Centre

Promotes sexual and reproductive health within an environment respecting and supporting individual choice.


Mental Health/Illness Community Contacts

Lists a number of useful organizations and contacts that are helpful in negotiating mental health/illness within the Province of Nova Scotia.


Teen Mental Health

A website for parents, teachers, students and healthcare providers that outlines and explains mental health, mental illness, and initiatives to educate all concerned.


IWK Mental Health and Addictions Services

Lists a number of resources for youth pertaining to physical and mental well being.


Kids Help Phone

​Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering bilingual (English and French) professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people.

Community Supports

  • NS Health:

  • Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line: Available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them. Call (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167.
  • IWK Central Referral: 902-464-4110 ​
  • Canadian Armed Forces: New & confidential Crisis Line available 24/7 for kids from military families. TEXT: CAFKIDS to 686868
  • Military Family Resource Centre : Supporting Military Families Phone: 902-427-7788 0R 1-888-753-8827


If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health emergency crisis, call the Province-wide Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-429-8167. You can also call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.