Mental Health Advising

Mental Health Advising

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
Timmins Campus Room C106
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!

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.

Additional Resources & Supports

Services at Northern College

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

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

Advising Services

If you are facing challenges with your mental health and/or wellbeing, or if you are just not sure where to turn, our team of Advisors are here for you. Reach out to access help and direction. We help students navigate on and off campus resources. Help is available with little to no wait time to ensure students are never alone with stressors. We are a multifaceted team offering a number of services from orientation to graduation!

Click here to learn more and locate an Advisor on your campus!

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

Accessibilty Services

Accessibility Services ensures that the academic environment is accessible whether you are onsite or online. Barriers to learning are identified and resources are offered to support learning.

Students who learn differently or who have physical and/or mental health challenges are encouraged to contact the advisors in Accessibility Services to discuss their program of study and any accommodations required. Accessibility services are designed for students who may have restrictions resulting from a physical, sensory, or mental health disability.

Student Health Benefits

Northern College Domestic students can access their benefits by visiting We Speak Student and International students can access their benefits using Morcare. Both health benefit packages give access to WECONNECT, a mental health benefit that provides a number of services including:

  • Uncapped Counselling Sessions (for you and your dependents) via phone|web|livechat|email|txt|app
  • Mobile Application
  • Life Coaching
  • Wellness Coaching
  • Mindfulness Programs
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Legal Consulting
  • Financial Consulting

For our international students, there is much to learn about health care in Canada!

WeConnect is available by phone at 1-888-377-0002 and online through our Student Health Benefits account at We Speak Student or Morcare

Spaces on Campus for your Wellbeing

Sleep Pods on Campus! Why? Because Sleep hygiene is important, and you are busy. If you find yourself between classes or between school and work and would like to catch up on some rest, please locate a sleep pod on campus. The pod offers a number of features, including a timed nap. The benefits of rest correlate to positive long-term health, improved mood, creativity, and learning! Watch this video to learn more about our sleep pods!

Explore the North around Northern College campuses. We have green spaces (that will soon turn white with winter). We also have reflection spaces for meditation and cultural spaces for traditional practices. Enjoying time outside, or in a quiet space on campus can help recentre you and your focus.

Mental Health Training & Development Opportunities

Our “Living Works Start” course is 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.

To enrol in this course, please contact Nichole Roy at royn@northern.on.ca.

Community & Online Supports

988 Suicide Crisis Helpline

Call or text 988 for a safe place to talk, 24 hours a day.

For more information, visit https://988.ca/

Local Hospitals

Visit your local hospital to learn about their programs and services related to mental health and wellbeing. If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency situation, please present at your nearest hospital emergency department or cal 9-1-1.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Cochrane Temiskaming Branch provides recovery-focused programs and services for people of all ages and their families. They provide the supports and services to people living with and touched by mental illness that are needed on their journey to happy and fulfilling lives, while educating and advocating for a caring community where everyone belongs.

Their BounceBack program is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry.

Good2Talk

Good2Talk offers free, confidential support to post-secondary students in Ontario 24/7. For many, post-secondary can be an exciting and, at times, stressful or overwhelming experience. Good2Talk can support students through a wide range of issues that may be impacting their mental health and well-being, including depression, anxiety, substance use, academic stress, personal or family relationships, loneliness, identity, financial concerns and other challenges. By connecting with Good2Talk, post-secondary students can receive professional counselling, volunteer crisis support and information and referrals about mental health services and supports on and off campus.

Call 1-866-925-5454, text GOOD2TALKON to 686868.

NAN HOPE

The Nishnawbe Aski Mental Health Wellness Support Access Program (NAN Hope) provides community-driven, culturally appropriate and timely mental health and addictions support to members of the 49 First Nations communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Territory. This First Nation-led program is in response to the specific mental health needs of community members in northern Ontario, offering a central access point to mental health and addictions support.

Phone or text 1-844-NAN-HOPE (1-844-626-4673) and live chat helpline for the Nishnawbe Aski First Nations communities.

SOCH (ਸੋਚ)

In Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi, SOCH (ਸੋਚ) means “to think” or “a thought”. As community mental health nurses, we truly believe that the way of combating the stigma towards mental health is to change the way our community “thinks” about mental health. Soch offers a number of mental health resources for South Asian students

https://www.sochmentalhealth.com/

Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC)

Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC) is a volunteer, non-profit, community-based organization that was founded in 2019 to help meet the mental health needs of the diverse Black communities in Canada.They offer programs, workshops and a forum to support the unique experiences of black people in Canada.

Canadian Centre on Substance Use & Addiction (CCSA)

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use & Addiction (CCSA) is an organization providing national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms. Canada’s Guidance on Alcohol and Health provides people living in Canada with the information they need to make well-informed and responsible decisions about their alcohol consumption.

Connex 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.

Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health‘s mission is to help Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance their capacity to support student mental health and well-being.The organization provides information, events, infosheets, toolkits and other resources for students and faculty.

 

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