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Staying Healthy

Health and wellness are important to your academic success. Here are some resources and tips for how you can take care of yourself.


Don't wait until you are feeling overwhelmed with a personal or academic challenge to seek help. Student Services offers free supportive and confidential counselling delivered by professional counsellors.

Student life

Being active and engaged helps increase your overall mental wellness. Find out more about getting involved in Student Life and your Student Association.

Online resources

An online student health and wellness magazine featuring videos, interactive articles and other great health and wellness resources including information about COVID-19.

A suite of online mental health resources including:

  • Good2Talk student support line
    A 24-hour, 7-day a week, free and confidential helpline for post-secondary students in Nova Scotia. This service provides professional counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being. Call 1-833-292-3698 to talk, or text GOOD2TALKNS to 686868.
  • TAO Self-Help
    Materials that can help with stress, anxiety, relationship problems, anger management, problem solving, communications and evaluating your alcohol and drug use.

Provincial Crisis Telephone Line
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or mental health distress, contact the Provincial Crisis Telephone Line at 902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).

Brightspace Course: Wellness and Change in Uncertain Times
Information, strategies and resources to help you manage your wellness and navigate changes and disruption due to COVID-19.

A Stable Mindset in an Unstable World
Resources from Morneau Shepell that explore topics like Headline Stress Disorder, managing anxiety and protecting your mental health.
Provides you with information to help understand mental health, tackle stigma and seek help.
Provides resources to understand how to take care of your own mental health and look out for each other.

The Inquiring Mind COVID-19 Self-Care and Resilience Guide (PDF 535KB)
This guide is provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Student health and dental benefits

All full-time students automatically receive health and dental benefits.

Check out what's covered and how to make the most of your plan. View benefits

Opt-out – If you already have comparable coverage, you can opt-out. The deadline to complete an opt-out waiver for students beginning their program in September is September 30. For all other students, the deadline is 30 days from the start of your program.

Have questions? Email

International students

In addition to the benefits outlined above, your plan contains some additional benefits which provide you with coverage for emergency related medical treatments. This includes coverage for hospitalization as well as other accident related treatments.

International Opt-out – you may opt out of the emergency portion of your health and dental plan but only if you are covered through Nova Scotia MSI. To discuss our international opt-out, contact our Student Benefits office at