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Wellness and counselling services

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Access crisis supports

Personal wellbeing is a key contributor to your academic success. We offer a supportive learning environment with a range of student mental wellness services and resources to help you care for your mental health and physical wellbeing, including:

  • Personal and career counselling, including culturally-responsive counselling for Mi'kmaw and Indigenous and/or Black and African Canadian students
  • Campus and Student Association mental wellness activities and events throughout the year to promote mental health awareness and boost wellbeing
  • Facilities like fitness and recreation centres, and cafeterias with a range of dietary options
  • Access to online and external supports

Professional counselling

NSCC students have access to professional counselling (including culturally-responsive counselling for Mi'kmaw and Indigenous and/or Black and African Canadian students) at no cost.

Counselling offers comprehensive support aimed at empowering students to navigate their academic, career and personal lives with confidence. Counselling services include:

  • Guiding you to explore your interests, strengths and values to make informed decisions about your educational, career and life paths
  • Providing assistance in identifying and overcoming various life and academic hurdles, such as emotional distress, harmful substance use, relationships issues and more
  • Equipping you with effective coping skills to manage difficult situations and stressors faced during your college journey
  • Helping build connections with on-campus and community resources, ensuring you have access to the support networks you need for wellbeing and success

Find your counsellor (intranet login required).

Online and community wellness resources

  • HealthyMindsNS - A suite of free online mental health services, including:
    • Good2Talk - Free, confidential support services for post-secondary students, available 24/7. Access professional counselling, volunteer crisis support, and information and referrals about mental health services and supports. Call 1-833-292-3698 or text GOOD2TALKNS to 686868.
    • Togetherall - A safe and anonymous, online peer community for your mental health, available 24/7 to all youth and young adults aged 16+, and post-secondary students in Nova Scotia.
    • Tao - An online mental health library with interactive modules to help you understand and manage how you feel, think and act.
    • Tranquility - An online cognitive behavioural therapy program that includes online modules, interactive tools and 1-on-1 virtual coaching through text messaging and/or weekly video and phone sessions.
  • Be There, for resources to help you learn how to support someone struggling with their mental health.
  • Sexual violence support – understand what sexual violence is, get support and know how to respond.
  • Nova Scotia 211 - Find a community or social service in your area.
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE) - Call 811 to be put you in touch with the nearest nurse examiner.
  • Nurse Telecare - Call 811 for health information and advice.

For more mental health and wellbeing supports, services and resources for students, view the Student Wellness Hub (login required).

Crisis supports

There are 24/7 supports available:

  • Call 911 if you or someone your know are physically at risk
  • Call or text 988, the national Suicide Crisis Helpline 
  • Call the Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line: 902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)