To set up an appointment to arrange academic accommodations for disability, please contact NSCAD’s Accessibility Resources Coordinator, Bill Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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).
During the COVID-19 closure, contact Bill Travis (email@example.com) to book counselling appointments (will take place by phone or video conference). See the bottom of this page for a links to Healthy Minds NS e-mental health tools and also to a Bystander Intervention and Community Care During the COVID 19 Pandemic Zine.
Also, Laura Burke and Robert Leek, NSCAD’s counsellors, have set up this public face book group, as a place to post supportive messages and stay connected to counsellors during the crisis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142931083729421
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.
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
• 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) 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.
NSCAD Peer Mentors
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, contact Bill Travis.
Click above for access to Health Minds NS e-mental health tools, including 7Cups (online peer support), TAO (Therapy Assist Online), and Good 2 Talk help-phone/Crisis Text line. They are free to use for all NS post-secondary students.
• TRANSITIONS guide (for students transitioning to University)
• From Surviving to Thriving (another great transition guide)