The DMCRT Mental Health Division aims to provide support for the mental health of Dalhousie students. Apart from mental health promotion and awareness on campus, the Mental Health Division offers an anonymous email service 'Let's Talk' to help students access the necessary care for their mental health issues. 

The DMCRT Mental Health Division hosts St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog sessions on the Dalhousie campus throughout the academic year.

Therapy dog sessions offer a safe space for students and staff on the Dalhousie campus to play and interact with trained therapy dogs in the presence of DMCRT Mental Health Volunteers. These sessions provide a comfortable social setting and can help relieve stress, among other benefits.

Be sure to like us on Facebook for updates on upcoming therapy dog sessions all over campus! 

Let's talk is a student-run anonymous email service that aims to be the middle point between the students of Dalhousie University and the many Mental Health services and resources both on and off campus.

If you are in need of immediate support, please contact the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team or 911:

902-429-8167

1-888-429-8167 (toll free)

Website

If you do not need immediate help, but would still like to receive help please contact Dalhousie Counselling Services by clicking this link.

 

How it works:

  1. A Dalhousie Student emails letstalk@dmcrt.org, and describes as much or as little as they would like about what they are feeling or experiencing, including, but not limited to things such as:
    1.  School stress
    2. An emotional or stressful experience
    3. Feelings of depression or anxiety 
    4. Wanting to know how to support a friend or family member experiencing any sort of mental health crisis  
    5. Any other type of Mental Health support request
  2. Within 24 hours, a DMCRT Mental Health Volunteer responds with a list of resources best suited for the students specific needs. The response will provide the best means of contact for the resources, and will give the student a general idea of what to expect if they were to contact the different resources.
  3. The Mental Health Volunteers will do their best to answer any mental health related questions the student may have.  

 

As an organization operated by students, it has been of high interest for DMCRT members to find new and innovative ways to offer mental health support on campus. With a passionate team of students and a partnership with Dalhousie Student Wellness & Health Services, the DMCRT is proud to offer Mental Health First Aid certifications free to students.

Contact mentalhealth.dmcrt@gmail.com for more information on upcoming mental health first aid course dates and how to register.

Mental Health First Aid

This 14-hour course provided through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is offered by the DMCRT at various times throughout the academic year. To date, DMCRT has certified members from Dal Security, the Mental Health Peer Support Initiative, and students from numerous faculties and societies. The MHFA methods aim to: 

-    Preserve a life when someone may be in danger to self or someone else 

-    Prevent a mental health problem from developing into a more serious state 

-    Promote the recovery and maintenance of good mental health for students

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Our Mental Health Volunteers also hold the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) certification. ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to prevent the immediate risk of suicide through intervention. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

 

 

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