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.
HEALTH AND COUNSELLING AT NSCAD
• 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
OTHER NSCAD CONTACTS
• SUNSCAD 494-8127, 494-8132
• SMU Health Services 420-5611
• Mental Health and Addictions Intake: 1(855) 922-1122
• Health information 811
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 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: novascotia.ca/pps
• 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.
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: https://thepath-ca.TAOconnect.org.
ONLINE SUPPORT: 7 CuPS
NSCAD students can also access online peer support through www.7cups.com/p/nscad. 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)