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Issue 64 | July 2020


This newsletter includes information to help lawyers reduce the likelihood of being sued for malpractice. The material presented is not intended to establish, report, or create the standard of care for lawyers. The articles do not represent a complete analysis of the topics presented, and readers should conduct their own appropriate legal research.
NSLAP WELLNESS: Wellness Together, a Free Online Portal for Mental Health and Addiction Support

On behalf of your Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program (NSLAP) provider, Homewood HealthTM is pleased to provide the following:

"Homewood is proud to have been selected by Health Canada back in April to be a principal partner in a joint venture with Kids Help Phone and Stepped Care Solutions to build and deliver Wellness Together Canada (, a free online portal for all Canadians impacted by COVID-19 to access mental health and addiction support. These supportive services range from information and resources to self-directed e-mental health apps and peer support to live telephonic or video counselling sessions. Homewood provides many resources in addition to the counselling component. We are pleased to report that nearly 300,000 Canadians have accessed the portal, with thousands having accessed one or more of the supportive tools or resources.

This program is not meant to replace any employee benefits programs like EAP, it’s meant to provide additional supports to people in need. It’s meant as a temporary program to increase the amount of support available to all people, whether covered by an employee benefits program or not.

About Wellness Together Canada
Wellness Together Canada is Canada’s first and only online platform offering immediate mental health support for people of all ages, in every province and territory, and in both official languages. It provides a “stepped care” model where Canadians can be instantly connected to virtual mental health services, from a five-minute self-assessment, to extensive support and resources, to live phone, video or text counselling with a mental health professional or crisis responder. The model is supported by Kids Help Phone and Homewood Health which bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in providing virtual mental health services. The portal is funded by the Government of Canada.

People are being challenged like never before due to isolation, financial and employment uncertainty, and the emotional dialogue around racial equality. With all of us going through this together, we believe that mental health is a journey, not a destination. And each day we can take a step for our own wellbeing.

Thank you again for your support and your partnership."

If you have wellness questions, or are looking for wellness information, visit the NSLAP website at For more information and support with the Coronavirus, along with resources and counselling to improve your health and wellness, register with Homewood Health™ Please note that NSLAP is your “company” name when you register.

Call in confidence, 24 hours a day: 1 866 299 1299 (within Nova Scotia) | (See the website for details about calling from outside Nova Scotia) | 1 866 398 9505 (en français) | 1 888 384 1152 (TTY).