Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Wellness One-on-Ones

Do you have concerns about your own, or someone else’s mental health or substance use? Have you had difficulty accessing supports you feel would help you? Have you self diagnosed based on symptoms and would like a professional opinion? Are you looking for the first step to achieving mental wellness?

Throughout the festival Errin Williams, licensed clinical therapist and social worker with over 10 years of mental health experience will sit down with you for Wellness One-on-One session during ECMA 2019. These sessions will be one hour long held in a private, confidential, space and provide the opportunity to discuss your concerns and begin building a plan to achieve your mental wellness goals.

For more information please visit:

Out of this session the following could occur:

  • A discussion of your current situation
  • Completion of a comprehensive symptom checklist to help you understand what may or may not be occurring in your life or in the life of your loved one
  • Brainstorm and determine appropriate and useful services / supports you could access in your community
  • Referral to services / support organizations
  • General discussion of mental health diagnoses and treatments based on current best practices
  • Discussion of strategies you could incorporate in your life.

Check out Errin Williams MSW, RSW on LinkedIn for a complete description of her qualifications and work experience.

45 min sessions)

May 2- 12:00-5:00PM

May 3- 12:00-5:00PM

May 4- 12:00-2:00PM

Contact Erinn at to request your 45 minutes session at ECMA 2019.

ECMA Wellness Centre presented by Modo Yoga Charlottetown

May 1-5, McCully Room, Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward

Furthering their commitment to mental wellness, the ECMA is once again offering Health & Wellness initiatives during the upcoming East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference presented by TD. In addition to hosting yoga classes at MODA Yoga Charlottetown, the ECMA is also providing a designated quiet space on-site where artists, delegates, staff, and volunteers can rest and meditate.





The Song & The Sorrow Screening

May 4, The Guild PEI (111 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PE)


Reserve your ticket HERE

About the Film:
Prince Edward Island's Catherine MacLellan —the daughter of legendary singer/songwriter Gene MacLellan—grew up surrounded by her father’s music. He died by suicide when she was 14. The Song and the Sorrow follows Catherine as she journeys to understand her father and face her own struggles with mental illness. Catherine is determined to lift the oppressive burden of silence that accompanies the stigma of mental illness and hopes that others can take strength and solace from her story. Join Catherine and filmmaker, Millefiore Clarkes after the screening for a Q&A panel.


2019 ECMA Cup supports Unison Benevolent Fund

May 5, UPEI Arena (Arena A), 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE)


East Coast musicians, industry professionals, award nominees, and ex-NHL players take to the ice to compete for the third annual ECMA Cup, the public is invited to attend. Donations are being collected at the door (pay what you can) and online, and all proceeds go to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Participants lacing up for the event include musicians Chris Ryan, Kyle MacNeil (Barra MacNeils), Jason MacIsaac (The Stanfields), Thomas Stajcer, Rachel Beck, and Troy Arsenault (Alert The Medic), industry professionals Glenn McMullen and Tim Hardy (Sound of Pop), NHL alumni Cory Micalef and Gordie Dwyer, and former Jr. A/university player Brian Dunn.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counseling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. Learn more here:

The East Coast Music Association is committed to mental health in our region and industry. The following are resources available to East Coast musicians and industry members who are experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency.

Mental Health Numbers:

Mental Health Emergencies
In all four Atlantic provinces you can call 911 when you are facing a mental health emergency.

A mental health emergency is a life threatening situation in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disorientated or out of touch with reality, or otherwise is distraught and out of control.

Examples of a Mental Health Emergency includes:
• Acting on a suicide threat
• Homicidal or threatening behavior
• Self- injury needing immediate medical attention
• Severely impaired by drugs or alcohol
• Highly erratic or unusual behaviour that indicates very unpredictable behaviour.

Mental Health Crisis
Each province has services to assist a person facing a mental health crisis. A mental health crisis is a non-life threatening situation in which an individual is exhibiting extreme emotional disturbance or behavioural distress, considering harm to self or others, disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a compromised ability to function, or is otherwise agitated and unable to be calmed.

Examples of a Mental Health Crisis includes:
• Talking about suicide threats
• Talking about threatening behavior
• Self-injury, but not needing immediate medical attention
• Alcohol or substance abuse
• Highly erratic or unusual behavior
• Eating disorders
• Not taking their prescribed psychiatric medications
• Emotionally distraught, very depressed, angry or anxious

Prince Edward Island

Island Helpline
24 hour province wide Serving Prince Edward Island
24 hour province wide bilingual service: 1-800-218-2885
P.O. Box 1033 Fredericton, PE E3B 5C2

Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Telephone Line is delivered by the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (MHMCT). This provincial service provides crisis intervention for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis or mental distress.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support callers who present with suicidal thoughts, self-harming thoughts or behaviours, overwhelming anxiety, difficulty coping with distress, psychotic or distorted thinking, depression, substance use difficulties or any other self-identified mental health concerns. Crisis is self-defined by the individual calling for support.

The crisis line also supports families, friends, community agencies and others to manage mental health crisis through education, outreach and consultation.

Offers telephone intervention across Nova Scotia and mobile response in most communities in Halifax Regional Municipality.
General Inquiries – (902) 429-8167
Toll free 24-hour Services – 1(888) 429-8167

New Brunswick

Chimo Helpline (Chimo Helpline Inc.)
Serving New Brunswick bilingually 24 hours/day
P.O. Box 1033, Fredericton, NB E3B 5C2
Provincial toll-free Crisis line: 1-800-667-5005
Fredericton area: 450-HELP (4357)
Business: (506) 450-2937
Fax: (506) 450-2156


Newfoundland and Labrador Mental Health Crisis Line

Local Telephone: (709) 737-4668 or

Toll Free: (888) 737-4668

The Mental Health Crisis Centre provides 24 hour telephone based crisis intervention by professionally trained Crisis Interveners. This confidential service is available toll free across Newfoundland Labrador. This service is open to anyone in crisis, their caregivers or loved ones. The 24 hour crisis line is also available to health professionals on a consultative basis by phone. Crisis can include but is not limited to:

  • Relationships with family or friends
  • Addiction Issues
  • Financial Difficulties
  • School or work stress
  • Grief or Loss
  • Abuse or Traumatic Events
  • Illness

Mobile Crisis Response Team
Local Telephone: (709) 737-4668 or
Toll Free: (888) 737-4668