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NSCAD Wellness

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

Community Resources
Health Care Services in Halifax (pdf)
Surviving Thriving at NSCAD with a Mental Illness, A Student-Created Comprehensive Guide

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

HEALTH AND COUNSELLING AT NSCAD
• Counselling enquiries  494-8260
• Disability Services  494-8313
• After Hours Emergency  492-8778, 877-0764

ACADEMIC
• Academic Advising  494-8260
• Academic Departments  494-8149
• Writing Centre Tutors  (jmilton@nscad.ca)

OTHER NSCAD CONTACTS
• SUNSCAD  494-8127, 494-8132

OFF CAMPUS
• SMU Health Services  420-5611

PEER SUPPORT (DAY PROGRAMS)
• Laing House  425-9018

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

ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE
• NS Drug Rehab Centre  1-877-254-3348
• Addiction Services  424-8866

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

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

SHELTERS
•  Adsum House (Women)  423-4443
• Bryony House (Women)  422-7650
• Metro Turning Point (Men)  420-3282
• Phoenix Centre for Youth  420-0676

ASSAULT
• Avalon Sexual Assault Centre  422-4240

SEXUALITY
• 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 Monday 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 Support Program

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.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Capital Health’s TRANSITIONS guide

Halifax Peninsula Helping Tree

Dartmouth Helping Tree

HRM’s Community Health Plan