Mental Health Resources

CBU recognizes the importance of mental health and its impact on academic success. CBU is committed to supporting students, staff and faculty as they develop skills to prioritize and enhance their wellbeing and cope with varying challenges. We strongly encourage all students to take advance of the resources available to them!

In the event of emergency, please go to the nearest Emergency Department

In Sydney, the Emergency Department is located at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital

1482, George Street

Sydney, NS B1P 1P3
OR call 911

Mental health and addiction crisis line 1-888-429-8167 available 24/7

For help finding local resources or to talk with a counselor call 211 available 24/7

To speak with a registered nurse call 811 available 24/7

Mental Health Resources for Canadian and International Students

Healthy Minds NS: CBU’s primary online mental health support program.

Personal Counselling: CBU’s Personal Counsellors are Clinical Social Workers who work with students to deal with a variety of issues including depression and anxiety, grief, parenting, anger, relationship issues, family conflict, time management, stress, financial concerns, and more. This free and confidential service is available by contacting the Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre.

keep.meSAFE: a 24/7 digital mental health support program for international students. keep.meSAFE provides students with access to a large and diverse network of professional counsellors who are equipped to offer support and guidance. Students are matched to a counsellor based on their situation, language and cultural preferences.

Peer Support Group: join a group of your peers every Thursday from 11:45am-12:45pm in the David C. Dingwall Student Government Centre (CBUSU Building). This supportive, safe space offers students the opportunity to talk to and learn from one anothers’ lived experiences by exploring different cultural perspectives on mental health and addictions.

Mental Health Resources for Faculty and Staff

CBU Faculty and Staff may utilize Healthy Minds NS, or access support through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). For more information on CBU’s EFAP, please click here or visit the MyCBU Intranet.

Additional Support

  1. TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) – An online mental health library with interactive modules to help you understand and manage how you feel, think and act. TAO recently created mindfulness video exercises to help students cope with their feelings.
  2. Mindfulness in Nova Scotia (MindWell-U) – MindWell-U is a free 30-day mindfulness challenge. This online tool is only five minutes per day and helps lower stress and improve wellbeing.
  3. CBU Chaplaincy – The CBU Chaplaincy serves the University community in all spiritual and religious beliefs. CBU’s Chaplain, Father Doug MacDonald, is available to all students, faculty and staff. To book an appointment, please email or call 902-563-1173.