To set up an appointment to arrange academic accommodations for disability, please call 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, Disability 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
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.
HEALTH AND COUNSELLING AT NSCAD
• Counselling enquiries 494-8260
• Disability Services 494-8313
• After Hours Emergency 492-8778, 877-0764
• Academic Advising 494-8260
• Academic Departments 494-8149
• Writing Centre Tutors (email@example.com)
OTHER NSCAD CONTACTS
• SUNSCAD 494-8127, 494-8132
• SMU Health Services 420-5611
PEER SUPPORT (DAY PROGRAMS)
• 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 Centre for Youth 420-0676
• Avalon Sexual Assault Centre 422-4240
• 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 Tuesday 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.
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.