NSCAD Wellness is a collaboration 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
NSCAD’s Peer Support Program typically offers one-on-one peer support in the evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Room G227 (“the wellness space”) during the Fall and Winter semesters, but they will be offering some online alternatives during the COVID-19 campus closure. 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.
For more information about NSCAD’s Peer Support program or to be connected with one of our peer mentors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1695990823975844) or instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/p/CFHXrEHnEi-/?igshid=8vgwhnk0bc6v).
The NSCAD Peer Mentors are hosting regular Coping Strategies Teams meetings in 2020 – 2021, for all students!
- The notes from their Deep Breathing and Grounding Techniques session can be found here,
- The notes from their Setting SMART Goals session can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2), and
- The notes from their Visualization and Mental Rehearsal session be found here.
- The notes from their Positive Self-Talk session can be found here.
- The notes from their session on using the Mental Health Continuum tool to monitor your own mental health can be found here.
E-MENTAL HEALTH TOOLS
Click above for access to the Healthy Minds NS suite of e-mental health tools, including 7Cups (online peer support), TAO (Therapy Assist Online), Kognito and Good 2 Talk help-phone/Crisis Text line. They are free to use for all NS post-secondary students.
To set up an appointment to arrange academic accommodations for disability, please contact NSCAD’s Accessibility Resources Coordinator, Bill Travis at email@example.com. 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 video counselling appointments with NSCAD’s on-site counsellors through the Office of Student Experience, or ask for a referral outside of NSCAD to a psychologist under 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 by Email. Also, the Rick Hansen Foundation has published some good COVID 19 Resources for Persons with Disabilities.
Also, NSCAD’s counsellor has set up a public face book group, as a place to post supportive messages and stay connected during the crisis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142931083729421
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
• Kognito – Simulation software for responding to students in distress.
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.
HEALTH AND COUNSELLING AT NSCAD
• NS Drug Rehab Centre 1-877-254-3348
• Addiction Services 424-8866
• Academic Advising 494-8260
• Academic Departments 494-8149
• Writing Centre Tutors (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Black Student Advising 494-6648
• DAL Legal Aid 423-8105
• Native Counselling 494-8863
• South House Gender and Sexual Resource Centre 494-2432
|OTHER NSCAD CONTACTS
• SUNSCAD 494-8127, 494-8132
• Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission 424-4111
• Metro Food Bank 457-1900
• Victim Services (Police) 490-5300
• SMU Health Services 420-5611
• Mental Health and Addictions Intake: 1(855) 922-1122
• Health information 811
• Eating Disorders Nova Scotia (902)229-8436
• Adsum House (Women) 423-4443
• Bryony House (Women) 422-7650
• Metro Turning Point (Men) 420-3282
• Phoenix Shelter for Youth 446-4663
|PEER SUPPORT (DAY PROGRAMS)
• Laing House 425-9018
• 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: novascotia.ca/pps
• Emergency 911
• Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team 1-888-429-8167
Mental Health Collective
NSCAD’s Mental Health Collective regularly meets in NSCAD’s Wellness Space (Room G227), during regular years, every week 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. During the COVID-19 campus closure, the peer mentors will be exploring online group activities to keep this tradition going.
• TRANSITIONS guide (for students transitioning to University)
• From Surviving to Thriving (another great transition guide)