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Mental Health Recovery and Promotion

Mental Health Recovery and Promotion

Work with people affected by mental illness and help promote mental health, recovery and wellness.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist


Learn to be part of an interdisciplinary team that promotes mental health wellness. Mental health support workers build supports, promote recovery, help eliminate barriers and improve quality of life for people living with mental illnesses.

With the Mental Health Commission of Canada's launch of the country's first-ever mental health strategy, this program prepares you to be on the cutting edge of improved support strategies and service delivery for individuals and communities affected by mental health issues.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs require immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services Additional program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some night, weekend and holiday shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • You work with clients of all ages, in the private and public sectors and within a variety of settings in the area of mental health. Work environments can include acute care, rehabilitation centres, community organizations, group homes, addiction services and outpatient clinics.

Choose NSCC

  • This program was developed to meet the growing demand for services to support individuals affected by mental illness.
  • We keep our class sizes small to provide individual support and attention.
  • Hands-on learning and field placements provide you with the experience you need to develop your skills and gain the experience employers look for on a résumé.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program is not offered each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Many employers in this sector require one – or all – of the following: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Work in the field of mental health and illness is very demanding and your ability to be self-aware and practise effective introspection and self-care strategies is essential to your success.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CRIS 1005   Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (12 Hours)
CRIS 1010   Suicide Intervention
GDEV 1025   Developmental Psychology
MHRP 1000   Introduction to Mental Health Services
MHRP 1001   Mental Health Promotion/Self and Others
MHRP 1002   Applied Helping Skills I
MHRP 1003   Ethics and Professional Practice
MHRP 1006   Life Skills
MHRP 1007   Mental Health Support Strategies I
MHRP 1009   Peer Support
MHRP 1010   Mental Health Practicum I
MHRP 1020   Mental Health Practicum II
MHRP 2002   Applied Helping Skills II
MHRP 2004   Youth and Mental Health
MHRP 2005   Psychotropic Medications and Social Drug Issues
MHRP 2006   Recovery and Well Being
MHRP 2007   Mental Health Support Strategies II
MHRP 2010   Mental Health Practicum III
MHRP 2020   Mental Health Mentorship
MHRP 2055   Addictions and Mental Health
MHRP 3007   Mental Health Support Strategies for Diverse Populations
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I
SOCS 2005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice II
SOCS 2025   Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing

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