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Mental health support is just a phone call away 

Halifax has a range of support services for university students and athletes who need some help.


Whether it’s your first year at university or you’re a returning student, maintaining good mental health is crucial for a successful academic experience. But navigating the system can be challenging at the best of times.

We often end up minimizing our mental health needs because it takes more time and energy to find the right help.

It doesn’t have to be that daunting. Here is a list of local resources in Halifax to help you with your search when times get tough.


Crises can take many forms, but they all require immediate attention. That’s something drop-in health services don’t provide. If you find yourself in any type of crisis situation dial 911, call campus security or dial one of the following emergency resources:

Mobile Crisis Team 902-429-8167
Avalon SANE response line 902-425-0122
Hospital emergency departments
902-473-1510 (Halifax Infirmary)
902-465-8300 (Dartmouth General)

Ongoing research shows there’s more success in a balanced approach to mental health care, in which hospital and community work together. The programs and care facilities listed in these categories should be seen as partners in providing care for mental health issues:

Community Mental Health Program
Bayers Road Centre, suite 109
7071 Bayers Road

Canadian Mental Health Association
2020 Gottingen Street, suite 100

Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program
Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building
5909 Veterans Memorial Lane

Providing alternative support in addition to the mainstream options listed above, community resources cater to specific groups or illnesses. They also offer a variety of programs and events aimed at strengthening mental health and connecting community members: Self-Help Connection

63 King Street, Dartmouth

Halifax Sexual Health Centre
6009 Quinpool Road, suite 201

Healthy Minds Cooperative
45 Alderney Drive, suite 200

Shambhala Centre
1084 Tower Road

Laing House
1225 Barrington Street

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
1526 Dresden Row, suite 401

On-campus counseling and student health services are available for all students and the wait time is usually far less than that of a professional health service off campus. It can also be comforting to have someone to talk to who understands your specific situation. If you are a student athlete, then your needs may vary slightly from those of your peers. Both Dal and Saint Mary’s have programs in place to help athletes receive the support they need:

SMU counselling centre
Student Centre, fourth floor
923 Robie Street

Support for SMU students—Morneau Sheppell

SMU Student Health Services
Student centre, 4th Floor
923 Robie Street, Halifax

Here for Peers: student athlete peer mentorship program (SMU)

Dalhousie counselling/student health services
LeMarchant Place, second floor
1246 LeMarchant Street

DAL SAMHI (Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative)

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