Health & Wellness

Cape Breton University recognizes the reciprocal relationship between mental and physical health, over-all well being and academic success. As such, CBU is committed to supporting students to develop the skills to enhance well being and cope with challenges, as well as access formal supports  (sexual violence response & support, medical and counselling services) and informal supports (access to recreation & fitness facilities and spiritual wellness centers) necessary to promote optimal physical and mental health.

Below are links and more information for wellness resources available at  the university and the greater community.

Internal Resources

Sexual Violence Policy & Guidelines- Cape Breton University is committed to addressing sexual violence in its community through support, awareness, education, training and prevention programs, and the appropriate handling of reports/complaints of incidents of sexual violence.

Sexual Violence Policy & Guidelines

Responding to Reports of Sexual Assault within 72 hours (Chart A)

Responding to Reports of Sexual Assault after 72 hours  (Chart B)

Max Bell Health Centre –The Max Bell Centre is located in the Canada Games Complex. A nurse, physiotherapist and a physician are on staff. Confidential health services are provided to students, staff and faculty.

Counselling Services –CBU’s Personal Counsellors are Clinical Social Workers who work with our students to deal with a variety of issues including anger, parenting, grief, depression and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflict, time management, stress, financial concerns, and couples counselling.

Spiritual Wellness

Recreation & Fitness -At CBU we know that physical fitness is important to your well being. Cape Breton University is dedicated to providing students with a variety of physically active choices.  The benefits of regular physical activity range from stronger bones and toned muscles to better sleep, higher self-esteem and reduced stress.

Academic Success Coaching–Assists with time and stress management, study plans and goal setting.

External Resources

Nova Scotia Mental Health Crisis Line:  1-888-429-8167  (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Cape Breton Transition House Association/Willow House Crisis Line:  (902)270-5167  and (902)539-2945 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Cape Breton Transition House Association offers Support and shelter to women and children who are emotionally, physically, or sexually abused.

Willow House Community Outreach Sexual Assault Program is a community outreach program that reaches and supports individuals ages 16 years and over that have been impacted by sexual assault.

  • What is the Willow House and what do they offer?
    • Two crisis lines 24-hours-a-day (902)539-2945 and (902)270-5167.
    • Individual supportive counselling.
    • Assistance navigating local services and resources.
    • Referrals to other services.
    • Educational and Supportive Groups.
    • Support for historic sexual violence.
    • Inclusive services for men, women, and transgender individuals of all backgrounds.
  • What is the Transition House and what do they offer?

    Cape Breton Transition House coordinated an integrated approach to family violence – the Cape Breton Inter-agency on Family Violence.

    • Two crisis lines 24-hours-a-day (902)539-2945 and (902)270-5167.
    • Our services are strictly confidential.
    • Support and shelter to women and children who are emotionally, physically, or sexually abused.
    • Information on the cycle of violence, a protection plan, the stages a woman faces in a battering relationship, etc.
    • Counselling to develop a renewed sense of self worth and understanding that no one deserves to be battered.
    • Therapeutic Childcare Program for children who accompany their mothers to Transition House.
    • Adolescent program for teenagers who accompany their mothers to Transition House.
    • Outreach program for women in the community who need assistance, and offer support groups for women in the Industrial Area, who live in or have left abusive relationships.
    • Public education program for schools, service agencies, and the community at large.
    • We provide support to women in court.
    • We offer two second stage housing units (safe affordable housing). MacAdam House is located in Glace Bay and Callwood House is in Sydney.