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April 21, 2020: MSVU Counselling Services & Coronavirus Update

In compliance with the University’s closure, as directed by the NS Department of Health, the Mount’s Counselling Services office is currently closed for all in-person services. The Counselling Services team will be working remotely for the interim and emails will be checked regularly.

Students who are currently booked in for a counselling appointment will be contacted by a member of our Counselling Services team to discuss options for proceeding with their appointment. If students would like to keep their appointment, they have the option to switch to either a phone or video conferencing appointment through TAO – Therapy Assistance Online.

If students are looking to book an appointment with Counselling Services, or have any questions or concerns, Counselling Services can be reached by calling 902-457-6567 or by emailing ose.reception@msvu.ca.

Students who wish to access online mental health support can refer to Healthy Minds NS.

We will continue to post updates on our Counselling Services website, if any further changes are made.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the current COVID-19 situation. More information and updates from Mount Saint Vincent University on COVID-19 can be found here.

After hour community resources:

  • Mobile Crisis Intervention (902) 429-8167
  • Good2Talk NS Helpline for Postsecondary Students: 1-833-292-3698
  • QEII (902) 473-2043
  • Avalon Sexual Assault Centre (902) 422-4240
  • 24/7 referral service: dial 211 or visit www.ns.211.ca

About our Services

Our counselling services team provides free personal and academic counselling to any registered Mount student in a relaxed and confidential environment. Client confidentiality is maintained according to the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists.

Sessions are 50 minutes long and students are eligible for up to ten counselling sessions per academic year.

If you feel your concern is an emergency or if feelings worsen or intensify, go directly to the Health Office, located on the 2nd floor of Assisi Hall, or to your local emergency department.

Our Reception Desk is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, (8:30 am to 4:00 pm from June 1 to August 31).

How to Make an Appointment

Students who haven’t seen a counsellor in the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • Book a 30-minute intake appointment with our Intake Worker (call 902-457-6567, email counselling@msvu.ca or visit the front desk in EMF 108)
  • Our Intake Worker will refer you to the most appropriate counsellor or other support services

Students who have already seen a counsellor in Counselling Services:

  • Continue to book with your counsellor as usual (call 902-457-6567, email counselling@msvu.ca or visit the front desk in EMF 108)

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Your first appointment will provide you with an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counsellor who will talk with you about some of the reasons you scheduled the appointment and will evaluate what ongoing services or resources will be most helpful for you.

  • Arrive at EMF 108 a few minutes before your scheduled appointment
  • Check in at the main desk and fill out an intake form
  • Relax in the quiet section until your counsellor comes to get you

Drop-in Appointments

  • 30-minute, same-day appointments available all semester
  • Appointments cannot be booked via email. Please call (902) 457-6567 or visit our Student Services Reception desk in EMF 108 on designated drop in day

What to do if You’re Concerned About a Student

Members of the Mount community are encouraged to contact a member of Counselling Services if you’re concerned about a student who is displaying signs of distress or concern. Through informal consultation, our team may be able to suggest possible intervention strategies. Review our Guide to Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress.