Counselling & Psychological Services

During their enrollment 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 Office of Student Experienceis available to book you an appointment with an academic advisor or disability resource coordinator, if the issue is academic in nature or related to a disability, or an an on-site counselor for mental health concerns. NSCAD’s new on-site mental health counsellor is available five days per week in the afternoons (12 – 4 pm), and appointments can be made through the Office of Student Experience (902-494-8260).  If a student has an ongoing mental health problem for which they will need the services of a registered psychologist, the Office of Student Experience can make referrals out to a psychologist for longer term or more intensive care.

Students can refer themselves to outside psychologists for counseling directly. NSCAD's Student Health Insurance providers cover $1000 per year in psychological services.

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 every week in Room G227, NSCAD's Wellness Space.  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 in the evenings 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 Stay Connected Mental Health Project.