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Counselling & Psychological Services

During their enrolment at the university, students may need assistance to work through problems or issues that relate to their personal growth and development and to their participation in the university community. The Manager of Financial Aid and Student Counseling is available for consultation in regard to such matters, which might include personal, social, or academic concerns.

When necessary, referrals to Dr. Maureen Gorman Psychological Services will be made. Students experiencing concerns that may affect their involvement at the university are encouraged to take advantage of this service, which is both informal and confidential. Dr. Maureen Gorman Psychological Services is located at 33 Ochterloney St., Suite 145, Dartmouth, NS (Quaker Landing Bldg). With over 30 years of experience working in hospital, mental health, university counseling, and volunteer sector settings, Dr. Gorman offers an eclectic approach to helping you help yourself. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment, coping, chronic pain & illness, stress & trauma, work issues, caregiver issues, life transitions, relationships, and disruptive behaviour. Call or email for appointments: 902-441-1292 - mailto:eastlink.ca. Students can refer themselves for counseling directly. This service is funded by NSCAD and NSCAD's Student Health Insurance providers and will not cost a student anything out of pocket.

If mental health is an issue for you, you might want to take a look through NSCAD's Wellness page, with a wealth of resources for students/faculty and community support contacts.

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Resources to support students’ mental health and well-being at NSCAD.

NSCAD's Mental Health Collective

meets biweekly in The Student Lounge (by the couches), sometimes moving into Room G227 when more privacy is needed.  It's a stigma-free space to discuss mental health issues with peers, without the fear of being judged.

NSCAD's Peer Support Program

offers one-on-one peer support Monday to Friday from 6 - 8 pm in Room G227.

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…

It is often difficult for a student who is having difficulties to ask someone in authority (teachers,  student services) for help, but they more easily open up to someone who they feel can relate to the challenges they are facing. All five of 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. They received their training from The Nova Scotia Certified Peer Support Training Program.