Student Wellness Services

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

NSCAD’s Mental Health First Aid Kit (NEW)
CommunityResources in Halifax
Health Services Information Sheet (FINDING A DOCTOR in Halifax)

NSCAD PEER MENTORS FALL 2020

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 peermentors@nscad.ca 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 first session (Oct. 29th) on Deep Breathing and Grounding Techniques can be found here,
  • The notes from their second session (Nov.12th) on Setting SMART Goals can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2),  and
  • The notes from their third session (Nov. 26th) on Visualization and Mental Rehearsal 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.

ACCESSIBILITY, Counselling & Psychological Services»

To set up an appointment to arrange academic accommodations for disability, please contact NSCAD’s Accessibility Resources Coordinator, Bill Travis at btravis@nscad.ca. 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.


wellness Contacts

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): 1-833-292-3698
   (or text “Good2TalkNS” to 686868 for support by text)

ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE
• NS Drug Rehab Centre  1-877-254-3348
• Addiction Services  424-8866
ACADEMIC
• Academic Advising  494-8260
• Academic Departments  494-8149
• Writing Centre Tutors  (jmilton@nscad.ca)
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
OTHER NSCAD CONTACTS
• SUNSCAD  494-8127, 494-8132
COMMUNITY CONTACTS
• Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission  424-4111
• Metro Food Bank  457-1900
• Victim Services (Police)  490-5300
OFF CAMPUS
• SMU Health Services  420-5611
• Mental Health and Addictions Intake: 1(855) 922-1122
• Health information       811
• Eating Disorders Nova Scotia (902)229-8436
SHELTERS
• 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
ASSAULT
• 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
• Emergency  911
• Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team  1-888-429-8167

SEXUALITY
• Halifax Sexual Health Centre  455-9656
• AIDS Coalition of NS  429-7922
• Youth Project (LGBTQ) 429-5429
• Youthline.ca (LBGTQ) 1.800.268.9688


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.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

TRANSITIONS guide (for students transitioning to University)

Bystander Intervention and Community Care During the Covid19 Pandemic Zine

From Surviving to Thriving (another great transition guide)

Pride Health Nova Scotia

• Where to go for help in Nova Scotia (a resource guide)