Student Wellness Services

ACCESSIBILITY, Counselling & Psychological Services»

To set up an appointment to arrange academic accommodations for disability, please call NSCAD’s Accessibility Resources Coordinator, Bill Travis at 902-494-8313. Services and accommodations will vary, depending on the individual needs of each student, but can include note-taking and tutoring services, the provision of texts and readings in digital format (for persons experiencing print disabilities), accommodations for writing exams, assistance with applications for the Canada Student Grant for Equipment and Services for Students with Disabilities, and more.  NSCAD Students with mental health concerns can arrange for personal counselling appointments on Tuesdays through Thursdays with NSCAD’s on-site counsellor through the Office of Student Experience (902-494-8260), or ask for a referral outside of NSCAD to a psychologist who will bill directly to the Student Health Plan (which covers $1000 of psychological services per year).

For more information on resources for students experiencing disabilities, contact Bill Travis, Accessibility Resource Coordinator at 902-494-8313 or by Email.


NSCAD Wellness is a collaborative project between NSCAD students, staff and faculty. It includes information about the types of situations that may require attention and contact information for the many resources available to students on and off campus.

Resources for students

CommunityResources in Halifax
Health Services Information Sheet (finding a doctor)
Surviving Thriving at NSCAD with a Mental Illness, A Student-Created Comprehensive Guide
Mental Health First Aid Kit (NEW)

Resources for Staff and Faculty

Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress
Adapted from the Green Folder developed through Queen’s and McMaster Universities
A Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students
Adapted from the UNB-Saint John Guide written by Meredith Henry
Non-Oppressive Disabilities Vocabulary
Guidelines for Reducing Mental Health Stigma When Interacting with Students

Other useful information, including Teaching Tips for working with students with various disabilities, including students suffering with Mental Illness, can be found at The Council of Ontario Universities’ ACCESSIBLE CAMPUS website.

wellness Contacts

• Counseling inquiries  494-8260
• Accessibility Services  494-8313
• After Hours Emergency  492-8778, 877-0764
• Good 2 Talk (24/7 HELP phone for University Students): 1-833-292-3698

• Academic Advising  494-8260
• Academic Departments  494-8149
• Writing Centre Tutors  (

• SUNSCAD  494-8127, 494-8132

• SMU Health Services  420-5611
• Mental Health and Addictions Intake: 1(855) 922-1122
• Health information       811

• Laing House  425-9018

• Emergency  911
• Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team  1-888-429-8167

• NS Drug Rehab Centre  1-877-254-3348
• Addiction Services  424-8866

• Black Student Advising  494-6648
• DAL Legal Aid  423-8105
• Native Counselling  494-8863
• South House Gender and Sexual Resource Centre  494-2432

• Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission  424-4111
• Metro Food Bank  457-1900
• Victim Services (Police)  490-5300

• Adsum House (Women)  423-4443
• Bryony House (Women)  422-7650
• Metro Turning Point (Men)  420-3282
• Phoenix Shelter for Youth  446-4663

• Avalon Sexual Assault Centre  422-4240
• Sexual Assault and Harassment Phone line 425-1066
• Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program (S.A.N.E) 425-0122
• A Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Assault:

• Halifax Sexual Health Centre  455-9656
• AIDS Coalition of NS  429-7922
• Youth Project (LGBT)  429-5429

Mental Health Collective

NSCAD’s Mental Health Collective meets in NSCAD’s Wellness Space (Room G227) every Friday at noon for their Mental Health Tea Hour. It’s a stigma-free space to discuss mental health issues with peers, without the fear of being judged. All are welcome.

Peer MentorS Fall2019

NSCAD’s Peer Support Program offers one-on-one peer support in the evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Room G227 (“the wellness space”). Peer Support is one of the most effective strategies for individuals living with mental illness who are trying to maintain their mental health in a stressful academic environment, and even for students without a diagnosis of mental illness who are encountering less than functional mental health due to the stresses of school, relationships, being away from home, etc…. The Peer Mentors have lived experience with mental illness and are current NSCAD students, putting them in an ideal place to serve as positive examples for students coping with Mental health problems or having difficulty adjusting to life at NSCAD. NSCAD’s Peer Support Program is supported financially by the Stay Connected Mental Health Project, a cooperative effort of the Nova Scotia Health Authority and local universities, funded by Fred and Elizabeth Fountain.

ONLINE SUPPORT: TAO (Therapy assist online)

NSCAD students now have access to TAO (Therapy Assist Online). It can be used as supplemental exercises between counselling appointments, supervised by one of NSCAD’s counsellors, or it can be accessed and used independently through their Self Help platform:


NSCAD students can also access online peer support through Enter the password “nscad wellness.” This will gain you access to an online peer-to-peer listening community; all of the listeners on 7cups have some basic training and are rated using a star system; NSCAD advises students to beware of low-rated listeners.


• Good 2 Talk (a 24/7 help-phone call-in service for post-secondary students): 1-833-292-3698

TRANSITIONS guide (for students transitioning to University)

From Surviving to Thriving (another great transition guide)

Pride Health Nova Scotia

• Where to go for help in Nova Scotia (a resource guide)