It’s easy to get stressed out this time of year. The end of the year is quickly approaching, which means exams and papers are likely on your mind. And it doesn’t help that it’s STILL winter. Fortunately, Dal has a lot of services and resources available to help support you.
Need someone to talk to? Looking for someone to lean on? Maybe you just need to talk with a friend, go to a group workshop, or hang out with a puppy. Here are some of the resources at Dal that can provide support.
In Halifax: The Dal Student Health & Wellness Centre team includes counsellors that can help you develop strategies for coping with personal or learning disability issues and set you up with a wellness plan. If you would like to have an appointment with a counsellor, you can stop by the Centre for a walk-in counselling appointment. The Centre also offers drop-in group counselling sessions, including: self-care skills, anxiety, and eating disorder support.
In Truro: The team at Student Health Services offers counselling on a number of topics including stress management, self-esteem, nutrition, and overall wellness. They can also make referrals to appropriate mental health resources in the area. Drop in or call 902-893-6369 to make an appointment.
Residence assistants (RAs)
Not only are Dal’s RAs more than happy to provide students with advice and referrals to on-campus services, they’re also trained in suicide intervention, sexual assault response, and peer support. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your RA if your mental health isn’t where it needs to be !
Ask a nurse
If you have a question about sex, drinking, stress or your general health, you can anonymously and confidentially go online and ask a Nurse! If you’re too shy or too busy to visit the clinic, this is a great way to ask questions and receive answers online.
Ask a Chaplain
If you have a question about your faith or spirituality, you can also go online to anonymously and confidentially ask a Chaplain at the Multifaith Centre.
Dalhousie Medical Campus Response Team (DMCRT)
Not quite ready to talk to someone in person? The DMCRT Mental Health Division offers an anonymous email service, ‘Let’s Talk,’ to help you access the necessary services for your mental health. They also host therapy dog sessions on the Halifax campuses where you can interact with trained therapy dogs and DMCRT volunteers to get a break from the stress of school.
Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline for post-secondary students. By calling Good2Talk, you can receive information and referrals about services and supports for mental health, addictions and well-being on and off campus, or speak anonymously with a professional counsellor. You can reach Good2Talk by phoning 1-833-292-3698 and it is available 24/7/365.
WellTrack is a free, online self-help program that can help you with depression, anxiety, stress, and phobia. You can access it any time and from any place, and it’s completely confidential. If you want extra support, you can even share your progress with a WellTrack coach.
The Q-Life project is an online course that will help build your resilience and help you prepare for everyday challenges and stress. You work through an e-workbook, watch videos, and get real-time feedback and advice from mental and physical health professionals. It’s free, and you can register anytime at dal.ca/resilienceproject.
If you’re an international student, you also have access to the I.M. Well mobile app. It acts as a student assistance program, can be accessed 24/7, and is offered in 180 languages. It gives you access to professionals who can provide or connect you with the support you need for issues including: anxiety, depression, discrimination, finances, family stress, and legal issues.
If you’re having difficulties with life, mental health, or anything else, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone close to you. It’s the first step to dealing with the difficulties you may be experiencing. Support can come in many forms, but sometimes the best support is the support of a friend. So don’t forget to look out for your friends as well.
Human Rights & Equity advisors
Do you have questions about personal harassment? Sexual harassment, violence or assault? Discrimination? Reach out to one of the advisors at Human Rights & Equity Services.
If you’re feeling stressed about what you’re going to do once you finish university, or how your education is going to help you start a career, you can make an appointment with a career counsellor. They can help you learn more about possible career paths, educational and career goals, and strategies to cope with personal issues that affect your future. Call 902-494-3537 for an appointment.
On-campus social workers
The Student Health & Wellness team at Dalhousie include two on-campus social workers, Hazel Ling and Raquel Poley. They help support students through challenges such as stress, relationship issues, mental health, and practical issues like housing, finances, and food. You can call and make an appointment with an on-campus social worker by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning the Student Health & Wellness Centre at 902-494-2171.
Multifaith Services in the Student Union Building (SUB) provides a safe and inclusive space for students who may be experiencing difficulties with studies, work, relationships, or sexual orientation. There are currently 14 chaplains representing many religions, faiths, and traditions. Chaplains provide confidential support and counselling on personal and spiritual matters.
Peers on campus
Dal’s Stay Connected Mental Health Project has two on-campus peer support workers who have received 16 hours of training in order to provide non-judgmental, confidential, and safe mental health support for free. They’re available to chat Monday to Thursday, 4–6pm in the DSU Wellness Room in the lower level of the SUB. They understand. They’ve been there, too.