Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health Supports

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. Through the Office of Student Experience, you can receive one-on-one support with:

  • an academic advisor
  • accessibility resources coordinator (if the issue is academic in nature or related to a disability)
  • a counselor for mental health concerns

Mental Health Counselling

NSCAD’s on-site mental health counsellor is available Tuesdays through Thursdays, and appointments can be made through the Office of Student Experience by contacting Jennifer Abrahamson, Registered Counselling Therapist, at jabrahason@nscad.ca or 902-717-6708. 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 for longer term or more intensive care.

A reminder that students can refer themselves to outside psychologists for counseling directly. NSCAD’s Student Health Insurance providers cover $1,000 per year in psychological services.

Good2Talk

If you would like to speak to someone outside of NSCAD immediately, Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline for post-secondary students, available 24/7/365. By calling 1-833-292-3698, you’ll be connected with a professional counsellor who can provide support for a range of topics, including school-related stress and anxiety, relationship, work or financial challenges, concerns about substance use, panic or crisis and thoughts of suicide. Dial 1-833-292-3698 or text “Good2TalkNS” to 686868 for support.

Peer Mentor Information

NSCAD’s Peer Support Program offers one-on-one peer support between students and trained peer mentors. Drop in on Tuesdays from noon – 2 p.m. or any weekday evening from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Wellness Space (Room G227 on Fountain Campus).

Peer support is an effective strategy for those living with mental illness who are trying to maintain their mental health in a stressful academic environment. This is also a great strategy for students without a diagnosis of mental illness who are encountering less than functional mental health due to life stresses (e.g. from school, relationships, or just being away from home). 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 or to be connected with one of our peer mentors, contact peermentors@nscad.ca. You can also visit our Instagram page for announcements.

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