Mental Health Advising

Mental Health Advising

If you are in crisis or experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.

Life in college can be stressful, with studies, work, or at home while a student. We are here to make your college experience fulfilling and successful for you. If you are having difficulty finding balance, feel overwhelmed, or just need to talk, we have options for you to connect and access support services.

As part of our success initiatives at Northern College, our Mental Health Advising services also includes health promotion campaigns as well as training and leadership opportunities for students.

Contact

Mental Health Advisor
Nichole Roy
royn@northern.on.ca 
705-235-3211 ext. 2173

mywellness@northern.on.ca

Services Offered

Mental Health Advising services offers support, strategies, navigation and referrals to help and ensure students are never alone with these stressors.

Improve your relationships with others and yourself, find healthy ways to cope with stress, learn how to talk positively to yourself, and what to watch for as you move through your studies with these amazing services – rated at the top of the province.

These are included in your study fees and often are delivered with little or no wait times, so be sure to show up for yourself, check them out and see how you can use these helpful and friendly services!

What We Offer

  • One-on-one or group support
  • Community referrals
  • Service navigation
  • Training and workshops
  • Leadership opportunities

Additional Resources

The Wellness Model

Student Advisors work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on the need of the student, whatever that might be! We are here for your academic and personal success. We use the wellness model to ensure we connect you to the service area to meet your individual needs. Use this confidential email to get connected right away. Our Mental Health & Wellness Advisor will link you with one of our professional staff members. We will connect in a way that works best for you (email, phone, video or in person).

mywellness@northern.on.ca

You belong here and you matter. Your mental health and wellness are directly connected to your personal and academic success!

The wellness wheel represents a holistic view on our health and wellbeing. We are dimensional people with various needs. Our wellness can be served from a variety of service areas and community supports and we’re here to help you find them.

Press Pause

Press Pause is a mental wellness self-help kit designed to help students away from the noise of online spaces to focus on wellbeing. This evidence based kit guides students through journaling, reflection, future-planning and positive thinking exercises. Email us for your kit today! mywellness@northern.on.ca

Connect with an Indigenous Advisor

Indigenous Advisors are available to meet with all students for support and for any questions or needs you may have. Indigenous Advisors create a welcoming environment and ensure students are supported throughout the course of their college experience. They bring a cultural lens to supporting students and their opportunities for success.

Timmins Campus – Joseph Nakogee, nakogeej@northern.on.ca

Kirkland Lake & Haileybury Campus – Monique Lafond, lafondm@northern.on.ca

Moosonee Campus – Willard Small, smallw@northern.on.ca

TalkCampus

TalkCampus is a peer support service providing you with instant support for your mental health. Balancing your studies, work, home, family and life can be overwhelming. TalkCampus is here for you day and night for anything you want to talk about, for when you just need a friend. Talk anonymously to students from universities and colleges around the world going through the exact same hurdles you are.

This free app provides instant support for your mental health any time of the day or night.

  • Talk about the ups and downs of life in a safe and supportive environment that’s just for students like you.
  • Share your own experiences and support others, It’s amazing how helpful you can be to someone out there, just by being you!
  • Open up or post anonymously – it’s totally up to you. However you want to talk, we let you do it just that way.
  • Safely share struggles with anxiety, depression, stress, bipolar, self-harm, anorexia or suicidal feelings. Whatever is going on for you right now we’re here.

To sign up to TalkCampus, please use your Northern College email which will unlock the app free of charge. You will be asked to verify your email before posting. You can read the privacy policy and learn more about TalkCampus by connecting with our Mental Health Advisor at mywellness@northern.on.ca

Interested in becoming a TalkCampus Volunteer? TalkCampus designed their volunteering opportunities to fit into your busy schedule and to provide a flexible way of getting involved with the community.

Become a Volunteer

Community, Online and Phone Supports

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Cochrane Temiskaming Branch: provides mental health support services throughout the region.

Good2Talk: 24/7 helpline for post-secondary students in Ontario – Call 1-866-925-5454, text GOOD2TALKON to 686868, or live chat on Facebook Messenger.

NANHope: 27/7 phone or text – 1-844-NAN-HOPE (1-844-626-4673) – and live chat helpline for the Nishnawbe Aski First Nations communities.

BounceBack: free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry.

Talk4healing: free helpline for Indigenous women offered in 14 Indigenous languages, English, and French across Ontario. Call or text 1 855-554-HEAL (4325) or use the live chat online.

ConnexOntario: confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling, funded by the Government of Ontario. Call 1-866 -531-2600, text CONNEX” to 247247 or use the live chat online.

Mental Health Training & Development Opportunities

A 90 minute, online certificate program that teaches trainees to recognize when someone is thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support. This powerful four-step model aims to keep someone safe from suicide, and you’ll have a chance to practice it with impactful simulations. Safety resources and support are available throughout the program.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a mental health crisis, or a worsening of their mental health.

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